With the current number of puppy producing mills everywhere in the world, it's an understatement to say that it's DIFFICULT to find a genuine pet dog belonging to a genuinely friendly breed. Today, we have all kinds of mixed breed dogs, Great Danes with Golden Retriever legs, snippy headed American Eskimos, etc. The point is that we are looking for a pet dog, a family pet dog, not a show dog! But the inbreeding programs by puppy breeding mills continue to flush the market with such incredulous mix breeds of dogs. Therefore, if you're looking for a pet dog, a man's best friend, it's best that you learn how to find answers and ask the right questions at the pet shop.
Going to a shelter or rescue home for dogs is always a good idea if you're looking for puppies in need. There are many advantages of owning a pet dog as compared to owning a cat. After all, it's a fact that dogs make better pets - they didn't get the name 'man's best friend' for nothing. The key to finding the right dog for the family, especially if you have kids, is to do some homework before you go dog-shopping. It's easily to get emotionally deterred when you see the dogs on display. A particular attractive dog may not be suitable to your needs and it's not a good idea to get emotionally attached to the wrong pet dog.
Despite the fact that it takes more effort and time to have a pet dog (compared to cats and other types of pets), they are still the most popular types of pets. Pet dogs must be walked, brushed, exercised, talked to, stroked, and loved unconditionally. Pet lovers treat their dogs like human beings. Pet dogs will thrive on your attention to it and they will give you their unconditional friendship and companionship. Imagine coming home to a best friend who will do anything for you, with you and to you, irregardless. It's not the same as having other types of pets. A pet dog is capable of unconditional love and devotion.
Puppies are adorable, that's for sure, but if they are not allowed to socialize with as many human beings and dogs of other species outside its home as possible, they will grow up with a kind of fear that could transform into something more serious later on in its life. For instance, dogs that fear other human beings and other dogs can behave erratically and have unpredictable temperament. The constant socializing must take place consistently and regularly during the first 5 months of its life. Taking your best fiend pet dog to training classes at an early age will be extremely beneficial to your relationship immensely.
Pet dogs are like kids too - kids have their teething problems while growing up (some have problems all through their lives), so, we should not expect any less from our dogs. Be patient in teaching them how not to chew, scratch and vandalize everything in your home. With your guidance, love, supervision, socialization, gentle and human attention, your pet dog can be trained to grow into your best friend for the rest of its life!
Finding the Best Pet and Best Friend
by Dakota Caudilla
Dakota Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of www.great-pets.info on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.