of keeping a Dog
A sad fact of life The majority of dogs in animal shelters are delivered
at around eight months of age, when they are "no longer cute"
and have "stopped listening." Millions of dogs It is not
the story of U.S.A. It is from all over the world. In India even it
is worst. They leave the dog on the roadside because; here dog shelters
are not available where people can leave their dogs. It is better
to first evaluate yourself before you buy a pup
So, if you are considering getting a dog but have not yet made
your mind, there are so many practical problems which the prospective
dog owner must face. A puppy should never be taken into home on
impulse. However where you are feeling proud to keep a dog, there
are burden and a nuisance at times. This is because of their life-long
dependency on their owners.
Total dependency on owner:
When a puppy is very young, this dependency is part of the attraction,
but the adolescent, middle-aged and elderly dog is also dependent
upon its owners, not only for food and veterinary care, but for
company, entertainment and general care and supervision. Once you
have a dog you lose a certain amount of freedom, and it is lost
for as long for as long as the dog lives. You must be very sure
that what you receive in exchange from the dog is worth what you
will lose; otherwise you, or some member of your family, will feel
resentment, and eventual dislike for the dog.
Need for constant companionship:
It is commonly thought that once puppy days are over a dog will
be trouble-free. Yet domestication is merely a thin veneer on top
of thousands of years of living wild, and in dogs it can only be
maintained by being with human beings for most of every day. Dogs
will, of course, live with their permanent way of life; such dogs
rapidly become less people-orientated. With neglect or lack of constant
human companionship, a dog will soon revert to "wild"
behaviour which makes it unsuitable for any home. This may take
the form of frantic destruction of the owner's house and possessions,
compulsive chewing of its own limbs, house-soiling, constant barking,
or aggression to other dogs or to humans. Most of this bad behaviour
could be eradicated in puppy days by human companionship and sensible
teaching, but if left on its own a puppy or an adult dog will always
develop bad behaviour patterns. This need for companionship is,
therefore, one of the most important considerations when discussing
dog ownership. Even a mature dog should not spend more than four
hours a day alone, and a puppy or adolescent not more than one to
two hours. Companionship, when given, should be at least as long
as the time spent alone. A quick visit of, say 15 minutes and then
another four hours alone is not the answer.
Consider your family:
It is not enough for one member of the family to be enthusiastic
about getting a dog. The whole household must want the dog. Dogs
are quick to detect resentment or dislike and this can have a profound
effect on their psychological well-being. Any person who could be
over- harsh with the dog or over-indulgent may spoil its character.
If your household includes children and/or elderly relatives consider
too, how a dog will fit in with the established "pecking order"
in your family. Can your family take in another member and satisfy
its needs? Careful thought must also be given to the choice of breed
which should be one which you positively like and want but which
also suits your family and its lifestyle.
Dogs and children:
A great many dogs make wonderful companion for children, especially
when reared from puppy hood in company of youngsters (older dogs,
if mistreated in the past, may have positive dislike for the children
which only patience and love will overcome). However, it is unwise
to acquire a puppy where there are children under five old. Older
children can benefit enormously from owning a dog, provided they
are taught good manners towards the dogs and are not allowed to
exercise powerful dogs on the public roads. Small toy breeds are
not usually compatible with children.
Consider friends and visitors:
Some of your friends will dislike dogs, particularly when they
are pawed or jumped on. Do not rely on your dog being perfectly
controlled and behaved at all times and be prepared to lose a few
friends because it and to have your social life constrained stream
of visitors, be sure to choose which is not wary of strangers.
Have you enough time for a dog?
Owning a dog is a time consuming and more so with some breeds than
others. All dogs need basic care and attention, such as feeding
and exercise, as well as careful training from puppy hood to maturity.
Daily activities with a dog are also essential and these can range
from vigorous walks and constructive play to extensive grooming.
If you lead a busy lifestyle and cannot actively involved with your
dog for the minimum amount of time suggested for exercise and grooming
your particular breed, you would be unwise to get a dog.
Can you afford a dog?
A dog will be a charge upon your income. The direct costs include
food; vaccination, collars, leads, training fee and shampoos etc.You
consider a number of indirect costs like extra housework because
of pawmarks on the floor and hair shedding. A dog may spoil your
garden if you unable to give proper exercise.