Dogs are the most popular pet in the world, and for good reason. There are few things in life that compare to the joy and pleasure of owning a well-behaved and lovable dog.
The love and affection shown by a dog is extraordinary because it has no reservations and no limits. A dog’s main goal in life is to please its master(s) and a dog is never embarrassed or ashamed to show how it feels. They exhibit extraordinary loyalty to their masters, even defending them to the death if necessary. Dogs have been known to spend weeks or months grieving or even die from grief when their master is taken from them.
This bond between a dog and its master(s) is not automatic. There are many things that have to fall into place before such a relationship can develop. For one, you as an owner must be willing to take the necessary steps to create an atmosphere where the bonding can develop. Second, you must choose a dog that has the proper temperament to develop in the home you are providing.
Here are some questions to consider when acquiring that first dog:
Do you want a puppy or a more mature dog? A puppy is cute and cuddly, but also requires a lot of training and has to be monitored constantly. A grown dog, such as a rescue dog or one obtained from an acquaintance, will probably have some of the training already done, such as potty training and some rudimentary commands. Puppies have very sharp teeth and love to play, which always involves some nipping, so having a puppy around a small child may not be advisable. A more mature dog might be a better choice, provided it has a gentle temperament.
What size dog do you want when it is fully grown? A Saint Bernard would be a poor choice if you live in a small house with almost no yard. The size of the dog needs to be considered if you will be taking the dog in your automobile. The cost of feeding a large dog must …