If you like the idea of getting a dog but need a bit of reassurance that you are doing the right thing – read on.
There are, of course, loads of other pets to choose from, but few are likely to integrate into and become part of your family like a dog will.
Statistics show that dogs are the most popular pet both in the UK and in the U.S, and there are many reasons why. Here are 6 reasons why dogs make great family pets.
They will keep you active
Dogs love running around and being outdoors. The breed and age of your dog will dictate how active they are, but generally, every dog likes going for a walk or playing fetch. A dog is a great way to get you and the family out and about more and will help to increase your activity levels.
If you are want to go running with your dog or head out for exceptionally long walks, then it’s important to get a breed that can cope with it. Huskies, Weimaraners, and Hungarian Vizslas are just a few of the breeds that will handle lots of activity and which have high endurance levels.
They are great with children
If you have children, a dog will make a fabulous pet. Not only will they become wonderful companions for your kids, but owning a dog will also help to teach children about responsibility and routine. Kids of all ages can help to feed your dog, take it for walks, and they can also assist with aspects of grooming too.
Dogs will spend hours playing if they are given the chance, so it’s also a great way to keep your kids occupied whilst you get on with other things. Regardless of the age of your kids, a dog will become a fundamental part of your family very quickly, and a friendship like no other will be formed.
Dogs are well catered for
The dog industry is worth millions, so you should never encounter issues when searching for dog-related products or services. Whether you need a dog food delivery, an overnight dog sitter, or even a bit of a doggy pampering session, there are companies out there that will accommodate. There are also pet insurance companies like Bivvy, that can give your pets a health policy similar to what you have for yourself, but much cheaper.
If you work regularly, you should be able to find dog walkers in your area that will come to your home and take your dog out for walks every day. Many dogs don’t like being left alone for any length of time, so it’s a great way to ensure that your dog is getting the company and the exercise that it needs. It’s never a good idea to leave a dog unattended all day, so it’s important to have someone available to help when and if you need it.
A better social life
Believe it or not, owning a dog is a great way to meet friends and become more sociable. You only need to look at the plethora of dog owners who congregate regularly at the park every morning to see how sociable it can be.
Many people meet like-minded dog owners when out for walks or via local dog-walking groups. There are also online groups where you can arrange doggie play dates and group activities for your beloved pooch.
Dogs are extremely loyal
Whether you own a Doberman or a Poodle, a dog will do everything in its power to protect you. When a stranger comes to visit or the doorbell rings, many dogs will automatically bark or growl. This is their way of protecting their owners and letting strangers know that they are there. A dog will always be loyal to its owner and look out for them whenever they feel they need to.
Love and affection
If you want a pet that makes you feel loved, then a dog will not disappoint. Not only are they great fun to be around, but they will bring love to your home that cannot be equalled. A dog will sit on your lap whilst watching television, and many of them love getting cuddles or having their tummy tickled. They will greet you when you come home after a long hard day at work and will be over the moon to see you each morning when you wake.
If you do decide to get a dog, life will never be the same again. Just like a child, they bring unconditional love to your household and will be there for you no matter what.