Pets are a wonderful part of a family’s life. Most of us have great memories of playing with the dog or cat when we were kids. But often, those sweet childhood memories do not include the background work that your parents did for the family pet. Caring for a family pet can be a useful tool for teaching your kids about responsibility. But there is much more involved in adding a dog to the family and this plan should be considered very carefully before committing to the care of a puppy or dog. You probably already have all the great reasons for adopting a dog, but it would be wise to consider these reasons why adding a dog to the family can be a very big step. Pay attention to the “cons” along with the “pros”.
4 Reasons to Say “No” to the Dog Request
- Cost –The cardboard box outside the grocery store is full of “free” puppies and very tempting, but there is no such thing as a free puppy. Even if you do not have to purchase it in the first place, there will be food, vet care and cleaning expenses that come up unexpectedly. Most cities require a dog license and tags or a computer chip insertion, along with required vaccines.
- Destruction-Puppy teeth have an amazing capacity for destruction. They cannot help but chew anything and everything in your home, from furniture to shoes, towels and books. You will need to puppy-proof your home, placing all valuables beyond the puppy’s reach.
- Behavior –The online videos and your pile of dog training books make the trainingprocess look easy. It requires a lot of time and consistent training sessions to get a polite and well-behaved dog that will not embarrass you by jumping on company or chasing after the neighbor’s cat. Housebreaking alone is a full-time job for the first several weeks and months.
- Time - A dog is a very social animal. Dogs love to be with you and will ask for your undivided attention every day. A puppy is like having a toddler in the house. Constant supervision is required for its safety and the well being of your home. When your dog is older it will require walks every day and a good amount of exercise. Without enough exercise most dogs will become destructive and sometimes aggressive.
Why You Will be Glad You Adopted a Dog Anyway
Once you have considered all of the above reasons against pet ownership and you still think it would be a great idea to adopt a dog, we agree with you! There is nothing like the relationship between a pet and a person. Young and old alike can gain a great deal from pet ownership. Your son or daughter will have a constant and faithful companion to lavish their love and attention on. A pet is also a great lesson in responsibility and the consequences of irresponsibility. A faithful pet will listen to all your child’s deepest heartaches and thoughts without judgment. The cuddly dog can sooth your son’s fears in the nighttime. Pet ownership can teach your children about faithfulness, unconditional love and how to be gentle and caring to something vulnerable. The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) recommends that children at age 8 are old enough to care for a pet, remembering to give it fresh food and water responsibly.
But pets are not only a wonderful addition to the life of a child, grown-ups can also benefit greatly. The companionship of a dog or puppy in the home changes the atmosphere a great deal. Studies have shown that hospital patients are emotionally uplifted by the short visit of a certified Therapy Dog. There is something intangible about the presence of an adoring pet that will love you unconditionally for many years.
Here at The Pet Supply Company we know how important the family pet can be and that is why you can browse our site for all the supplies you need to create a happy, safe and healthy environment for your pet. Dog toys, dog treats used for training, dog beds, grooming supplies and much, much more can be found here at the tip of your fingers. Whether you are getting ready to welcome a new puppy into your home for the first time or you’ve enjoyed a dog for many years, come check us out and see how The Pet Supply Company can make life with your pet even better!