Owning a puppy is just like adding a new family member to your family. Dogs are pack animals and enjoy the company of not only people but other dogs as well. Think of it as if you have someone in your house that speaks Spanish whereas the rest of the family speaks English. Adding another dog into the equation now gives your original dog a friend to talk to who can understand them. It also takes some of the pressure off of the primary caregiver. The two dogs will feed off each other, occupy each other, and enjoy endlessly each other’s company. Training too is an important part of owning a dog. The training aspect does not have to be a difficult one. It does a great job of building and strengthens the bond between you and your puppy or dog. Training could be something as simple as teaching your dog / puppy paw. Or as silly as it sounds housebreaking! When you praise your puppy or dog that is what they are thriving off of. The knowledge that they have done a good job for you. No matter what your method of training, praising your dog should be a priority. Even if they aren’t specifically doing something telling your dog if he or she is being a good girl or good boy is a significant part of your dog’s life. They want to know and feel that they have satisfied you no matter what they are doing.
Dogs do something for people that nothing else can. They provide a shoulder to cry on when times get hard with out judgments. They are always excited and thrilled to see you no matter how long you’ve been gone. Dogs will always try to make you happy no matter what. This is something unique to dogs in general. No matter the day you are having a dog will always be there to try and cheer you up. Did you know there have been studies showing that those who own dogs have significantly less health issues than those who do not own dogs. Dogs are also great therapy. One of the greatest things about dogs is you can tell them all your deepest darkest secrets and yet they do not judge you or tell any one else. Did you know about 80 percent of dog owners admit to talking to their dogs like their people? They also sign greeting cards and birthday cards from their dogs and family. Owning a dog can really change your life in a positive manner. Not only does it give you someone to talk to but it also can get you out of the house more, which helps with exercise and socialization.
Choosing the right breed for your family is a big part of owning a dog. You have to decide what personality your looking for, as well as athleticism, look, size, maybe even color. Lets go with personality. The personality of your dog is really what suits you and your family. Do you want a puppy or dog that is outgoing, vivacious, bouncy? Or would a puppy or dog that is a little slower pace suit you better? One that is more about cuddling and hanging out, does not require a lot of exercise? Remember that if you go with a puppy, they for the most part will all be spunky and bouncy because they are puppies. Also keep in mind that 98% of how a puppy turns out is environment. How you raise and train them. Next think size, what size do you want? What do you consider medium sized compared to large size? Do you want something small or would you prefer something medium? What do you consider small compared to medium or large? You have many different options when it comes to the size of the dog you want or would suit you. Then look would come into play. Do you want a long coat or smooth coat? Does color matter to you? Do you want something non-shedding compared to something that sheds? And if you chose a shedding breed, there are different levels of shedding you can go with as well. There are low or minimal shedding breeds, moderate shedding, and heavy shedding. Do you want something that is low maintenince or something that will require a bit more of work? Do you mind if you need to add extra maintenince to your schedule for your dog? These are just some of the things you need to consider when thinking of adding a puppy or dog to your family.