Owning and raising a dog is no small task for most people. Unless you have a personal assistant to oversee every minute of your dog-child’s life, you will be spending a lot of time training, exercising, feeding and petting.
And loving. You get all the dog love!
It’s a big commitment, but it can be fulfilling. The relationship between a dog and a human can be one of unconditional love that lasts a lifetime.
Dogs have layers of personalities. We’ve discovered that with Denver, the Recycled Dog. His first month was one of him getting to know us and us getting to know him. As he has been in the family longer, he has developed more of sense of assurance – and spunk =)
When you are thinking of adopting a dog, consider your motivation. It’s not a good idea just to get a dog because your spouse or the kids are begging you for one. My husband tried to talk me into a new addition to the family for two years. I had a slew of reasons why the timing wasn’t right.
I knew one thing from raising dogs in the past.
Caring for an animal is hard work, and it is a long-term commitment. Be sure you are doing it for the right reasons.
If you adopt a puppy, be forewarned you are singing up for long hours of house-training, accidents, and possible behavior problems. On the flip side, the same goes for older dogs. You may or may not know anything about their past environment.
Once you bring your friend home, get ready for the ride of your life. Your dog needs exercise, regular meals, a daily fresh supply of water, and a routine.
Dogs don’t like change. Routine is their preference. Allow your dog to follow you around and get accustomed to your route. Follow your dog around and get in tune with your dog’s routine. The friendship between you and your dog can be one of the greatest joys. The love of a dog is a cherished gift.