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Introduction To Dog Ownership
To argue that every home should have a dog is to make too many assumptions. It is undeniably true, however, that every dog, no matter how large or small, deserves a decent home.
Those who do not properly care for a dog, who do not keep the dog on their premises, who do not develop the mental ability of the dog through training, who disregard the rights of neighbours and allow the dog to roam freely, and who do not properly groom and care for the dog are not worthy of owning a dog, and their homes should not be graced with the presence of a dog.
They are the ones who make the dog pound and the dogcatcher essential. Instead of the dogs, they should be placed into the dog catcher’s wagon and transported to the pound, where they should be detained until they repent.
Today, the emphasis is on better-trained, better-cared-for dogs, and this objective is totally dependent on owners who understand the responsibility of caring for a dog and are ready to put out the work to achieve it.
The family has been debating whether or not to have a dog for months. Mother objects, stating that she does not want her rugs to be damaged. The kids insist on having a dog like the other boys and girls. Father appears to be impartial, yet he secretly supports the children.
So the choice is made, the children rejoice, and the father, realizing the scope of the adventure, asks, ‘Say, where are we going to get the pup?’
Why Own A Dog?
You do not lose your ability to play, as demonstrated by the dog, who carries his puppy heart all the way through to his graying muzzle.
You may have an alert burglar alarm and a policeman who sleeps lightly for your house and goods.
You are reminded on a daily basis, and as a result, humbled, that you and the animal kingdom are part of the same group in the plan of creation.
You may rise above petty selfishness by committing yourself to the wellbeing of one who relies on you implicitly and never complains if you fail.
You may forget the concerns of the day and the pressure of its routine when you get home and are greeted with unfeigned joy by one whose heart is filled solely with thoughts of you, and whose life, he feels, cannot exist separate from yours.
You may find relief from boredom by witnessing the dog’s freshness in performing the usual small things, his fascination with the flutter of a leaf on the ground, and his discovery of new joys along old pathways.
Your children, growing up with a dog, may see a daily living sermon on kindness, duty to others, and the need for obedience, all of which can eventually be converted into excellent citizenship characteristics.
You may learn from your servant the dog how to live with faith in others, freedom from sullenness, and unselfishness, all of wich may not be logical but is divinely refreshing.
Inspired by your dog’s contagious enthusiasm, you will live each day to the fullest and be constantly ready for a new adventure, finding joy in both familiar and unusual things.
The Seven Advantages Of Owning A Pedigreed Dog
These are the seven advantages of owning a purebred pedigreed dog in a nutshell.
It is true that a dog is a dog all around the world and that the dogs themselves are unaware of pedigrees. They are the most visible live evidence of equality.
However, there must be a distinction because most of our canine issues, including rabies, the dog pound, and neighbor complaints, stem from the actions of mixed-bred or ‘just dogs.’
- 1. A three-month puppy of a pedigreed dog costs between $400 and $1000. Because the owner has made a significant investment, he is obligated to take care of and monitor his property.
- 2. The owner of a pedigreed dog has a dog because he wants it, not because a neighbour, desperate to get rid of a litter of mongrel pups, persuades him to accept one of the ‘pretty little creatures,’ which all too frequently evolve into something less than cute.
- 3. The pedigreed dog has a distinct personality since his genealogy or pedigree is known and may be registered in a national registry or studbook.
- 4. A pedigreed dog is a recognized product in the sense that the dog’s habits, and background are all well known. These are, for the most part, the same as those of all other members of his breed. The mongrel or mixed-breed dog lacks such consistency and certainty.
- 5. The pedigreed dog is a brand-stamped, trademarked item. The buyer understands what he is receiving, not only in terms of temperament and manners, but also in terms of bloodlines. He may breed with another dog of the same breed and sell the puppies in advance since he knows the puppies will be purebred, of the same breed as their parents. They, in turn, can produce progeny of the same kind.
- 6. A pedigreed dog, particularly a female, can be bred, generating additional money from the sale of puppies.
- 7. Feeding, caring for, and training a pedigreed dog is no more expensive than training a mixed-breed dog.The maintenance is the same for both. Ownership of a pedigreed dog becomes a matter of pride, property worth, and prospective income, as well as the joy of owning a unique animal.
Which Breed Should I Get?
In the United States, there are 111 officially recognized dog breeds . There are also a half-dozen unrecognised pure breeds, including the Amertoy, American spitz, border collie, English shepherd, Plott hound, and certain Coonhound variations.
Which of them shall the family, maybe unfamiliar with the wonderful diversity, select as a new member of the home, one about whom they will be concerned?
Every breed is an excellent breed. A dog is a dog, whether purebred or mixed, huge or tiny, in the eyes of the world. The 2-pound Mexican Chihuahua can shake hands with the 220-pound Swiss St. Bernard and say, ‘Howdy, brother.’
All dogs have the same characteristics that have endeared them to the human species for millennia: loyalty, devotion, unselfishness, patience, usefulness, and courage even till death.
Unless one lives in a very tiny flat, even large-sized breeds can be chosen; they do not run excessively, are aware of the furnishings in the home, do not require as much exercise as smaller-sized dogs, and are especially sensitive of youngsters.
We’ve been in houses where great Danes were maintained, and these dogs seldom, if ever, destroyed the furniture.
Small and medium-sized dogs are popular. They are easily adapted to private living spaces, vehicles, and too simple handling. However, when it comes to children, virtually any breed can be chosen.
For example, one may argue that the terrier is ideal. He is wonderful, but he needs a lot of exercise; he runs a lot; he barks for the sheer joy of living; carpets and settees don’t mean anything to him in his gay lifestyle. Nonetheless, we wholeheartedly suggest terriers as a dog for any family.
Despite the fact that we go against the majority of recommendations on the issue, we have Happy, carefree, lively pups Eskimo breed.
The most important factor is that the dog, regardless of breed, should get adequate care, regular exercise, proper food, and consistent training once it has been brought into the family.
Getting A Puppy Or A Full-Grown Dog
Should the prospective dog owner get a puppy or an adult dog? He should get a puppy.
Observing and supervising a puppy’s mental and physical growth is equivalent to receiving a college course in pedagogy and psychology. One notices the same issues as in a developing youngster.
It is well worth the extra effort to learn the ways of the puppy, to modify his erratic view on life, and to shape his habits and attitude.
There is an opportunity to teach him obedience early on, to shape his ways before they harden into unpleasant habits, to allow him to build up a robust physique for later years, to make him a part of the family, a desired playmate for the children, and an attentive guard for the home.
All of this leads to the conclusion that a dog should be acquired as a puppy and his early education should be fully guided by the few to whom he commits his lifetime allegiance.
Three to four months is probably the optimum age to get a puppy, although any age up to six months is fine.
He should have gotten his milk or first teeth between the ages of four and six weeks; by the age of three months, he should have had worming; had time and opportunity to associate with other dogs and learn by imitation the many things that he must learn from other dogs, such as barking, being on guard, and developing a sense of curiosity.
He is not ready to go out into the world until he has completed his human-directed education, first in obedience and subsequently in the numerous adaptations to human whims and ways.
Where Can I Get A Puppy?
Where may one find a suitable puppy? Many pet stores are trustworthy and sanitary. The best source of supply, however, is a kennel, which is a big or small, public or private facility where dogs are born, reared, and sold.
Only purchase from a reputable kennel, ideally one that advertises in dog and other magazines.
These kennel owners or breeders are as concerned with client satisfaction as they are with making a sale.
You can rely on the veracity of the pedigree records. You can count on dogs being in good health when you buy them.
The ordinary breeder is interested in selling good stock that will bring him more clients in the future due to the purchaser’s happiness with the puppy.
It is a common reality that in this world, one receives about what he pays for. Give a reasonable amount and buy a healthy, well-represented dog, since you are purchasing ownership of a live investment that will pay out daily profits for the next decade.
How To Select A Puppy From Litter?
You’ve arrived at a kennel or a dog store. Look around, noting if the kennels are clean, the flooring are clear of ‘Diarrhea stains,’ and whether the dogs approach confidently or shrink when the kennel guy approaches them.
Request that the kennel guy allow you to handle the dog and walk it on a leash. Keep an eye out for lameness, stiffness of movement, and dullness of responses.
Inspect the coat; it should be shiny and greasy. To the touch, the skin should be rosy, ‘fresh,’ and not feverishly heated.
Avoid puppies with runny eyes and noses, scaly footpads, painful legs that are not properly formed, red, bloated, or foul-smelling inner ears, and palish pink gums.
Is the puppy eager to play? Is it brash and aggressive? Is it alert, eager to have fun, and interested in everything? Clap your hands and see the reaction.
Choose a puppy that is wide awake, displays a strong interest in its surroundings, comes quickly when you whistle or make a sound, has a pleasant temperament, snuggles in your arms, wants to eat your hat, and is a lively, playful, easy-moving dog in general.
Get the puppy you want, and the puppy you pick is always the one you wanted.
Obtain two signed documents, a four-generation pedigree, and a registration application (with litter number specified).
Get a puppy that has been permanently immunized against distemper; most kennels only provide a temporary (20 days) immunization at the time of sale. If just a temporary injection has been given, ask for a permanent immunization as soon as possible.
It is currently common practice to sell a puppy that has previously been vaccinated against rabies. The immunization is only effective for one year. Insist on this immunization as well.
Now you may be on your way home to begin a ten-year journey of companionship and adventure with your dog, the finest dog in the world.