The Challenges of Dog Ownership
While being the proud owner of a dog can be a wonderfully rewarding experience in all sorts of ways, but it would be naive not to recognise that it also comes with challenges. Today we’re taking a look at what some of these challenges are, so you can be prepared.
Dogs can be as prone to sickness as any of us, from mild symptoms that pass quickly, to – especially as they age – complicated health problems that require lots of care. It’s far from rare to find yourself complaining to a friend “my dog has diarrhea and vomiting – again!”
Fortunately most bouts of sickness will pass quickly – within hours, or a day or two at the maximum. In the meantime, try to provide a comfortable, ground level environment for your sick dog, with cushions, comforting toys and plenty of fresh water in easy reach. An easily digestible diet like boiled chicken or white fish with rice will help to keep them nourished until they can hold down their more usual food again.
Keeping a dog – especially as a caring, responsible owner – is by no means cheap! If you’re considering getting a pet dog, look at the cost of food, of toys and bedding – not a one off purchase considering how destructive puppies can be – and of course, the cost of vet’s bills.
You’re going to need to budget for your dog – possibly adopting cost spreading and risk protection measures like getting pet insurance, as well as keeping a savings pot you can dip into when your dog needs it. You don’t want to have to worry about money when your dog needs help – you need to be able to do what’s needed for your pet’s health and happiness right away, so start planning now.
Dogs are one of the easiest to train animals – their capacity to learn is what’s kept that at humanity’s side for thousands of years – but house training a new puppy can still be very challenging.
There are lots of different competing techniques for achieving your aim – a puppy with the control to only urinate outside, or at least, in a designated place. Speak with local breeders and trainers, and research online to find a system that works for you and your dog. More importantly, be braced for some setbacks and frustration. If you know the process is going to be difficult, you’ll find it easier to persevere. Most of all, try not to be frustrated with your puppy – you’re asking a lot, and it will learn in time!