Reasons Why Dogs Make the Best Pets

by on 10/05/11 at 6:52 am

Please bear in mind the title of this article is not designed to spur a debate between “dog people” and “cat people” over which is the best pet to have at home. Certainly there exist people who are passionate about their pets and will highly recommend one over the other, while other people who have a dog and cat will express an equal appreciation for their four-footed friends. “Best” as used here will focus on why dogs are great to have around and make perfect companions.

If you’re considering adopting a pet, why get a dog? Here are a few points most dog owners would readily confirm:

Dogs are friendly: When a dog is cared for and shown affection, you can bet you’ll receive much more in return. What could be more heartwarming than coming home from work to your dog bouncing up the walk to greet you, happy that you are home?

Dogs may be trained well at home: Yes, there are problem dogs that don’t suit well to home living, and dogs do have accidents. However, when a dog is properly trained you’ll discover how easy it is to have one around the house as a companion.

Dogs are loyal: Who can resist those soulful eyes when your dog approaches you for an evening cuddle? Wherever you go, your dog will likely want to follow in order to be close to you.

Dogs are adaptable: It’s true that everything changes when you bring a new addition to the family. Like children, though, a dog can adapt to your lifestyle and even enhance it. You can train your dog to travel well, for example, and some stores are now pet friendly so you don’t have to worry about leaving your friend while you shop.

It’s not that expensive to keep a dog: You may worry about bills and food, but if you budget well you’ll find having a pet will not drain your bank account as much as you’d initially think.

Dog encourage you to exercise: Ultimately when you own a dog, you’ll have to take him outside for “walkies.” This gets you off the couch and moving, so there is an advantage to having a ready-made exercise partner.

When you have a dog at home, you bring many years of joy, happy memories, and warmth. If you have considered adopting a pet, remember these reasons why a dog could be best for your family.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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