Ever wondered why dogs are called man’s best friend? Aside from the fact that they are super adorable, cuddly creatures, dogs are also loyal, intelligent and devoted to their masters. Yes, they require attention and a lot of care, but these are just small prices you pay in exchange of their unconditional love and affection. Imagine coming home after a long hard day, and being welcomed by a cute furry friend! They would wag their tail and jump up and down in happiness, and all they would want is for you to bend down so they can lick your face! Yes, they have their own, unique ways of showing affection. The best thing is, the love you would put in your dog, he/she will give it back to you ten times more! Also, you can take comfort in the fact that your dog will never leave your side. He will be there when you are down and in need of a friend!
Steps before acquiring a pet dog:
Initially, when you decide to acquire a pet dog, remember some of the important things. Firstly, you need to decide what breed of dog you want to adopt. Choices are many! You need to research into the different dog breeds before settling for one. Few factors should make your choice easier. If you have a lack of space in your home, a small sized dog like the pug or the terrier may be ideal. On the other hand, if you want your little pup to grow much bigger, a Labrador or golden retriever would probably be the right choice. You should also be aware of the amount of exercise the dog will receive and the amount of time it will take for grooming. You can also train your dog to domesticate them as per your surroundings.
Benefits of keeping pet dog:
Research shows that adults and children stay more relaxed in the presence of a friendly dog. It is also a fact that the pet owners do suffer less minor health problems such as headaches, backaches, colds and flu, insomnia and general lethargy than the other people. The presence of a pet dog lowers the risk of heart attack, lowers cholesterol levels, blood pressure and triglyceride fats in the blood. If an infant grows up with a dog, then it will help to strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of allergies.
Important vaccinations for your pet:
Your pet dog should receive a rabies vaccination in order to be protected from the disease. A dog should also receive vaccinations to protect against Distemper, Hepatitis, parvovirus, para-influenza, Bordetella bronchiseptica which all are valid until the entire post-arrival quarantine period. Dogs are also treated against Brucellosis, Ehrlicia canis, Leishmaniosis and Leptospirosis and external parasite treatment, canine influenza virus. Dogs should be taken to health checkups at regular intervals. Hygiene and food habits of the dog are also very important for maintaining the physical and mental health.