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When a lot of people think about getting a dog, they just think about an animal slotting into their life as it already is. As though a dog is something that can just stick onto your current situation without changing it in any way. But in reality, things are quite different. Owning a dog can be a genuinely life changing experience for both you and your family. Very few people can have a beloved family pooch for years without changing in some pretty significant ways. With that in mind, here are few things that you will learn from owning a dog.
If you have kids and you want to teach them responsibility, then a dog is a fantastic way to do that. Of course, it’s pretty likely that you’ll do a lot of the legwork if your kids are fairly young but getting them involved in the feeding, walking and caring for the animal will help them learn how to look after someone else and become more responsible. As they get older, they’ll be able to take on more responsibilities which will be really useful in helping them to be more independent and self-sufficient.
The facts of life
It’s sad to say, but illness and death are both realities that people need to come to terms with. It might not be fun or pleasant, but it’s important that people understand those facts. Losing a pet can be one of the saddest things in the world, you’re practically losing a member of your family. But it also helps your kids, and yourself, understand the facts of life and be able to come to terms with them. To make the whole process easier, something like this blog post is a fantastic resource to help you decide what to do when the time comes to say goodbye to your furry friend.
You finally know what loyalty really means
There are few things on earth as loyal as a faithful canine companion. They’re never too busy, too tired or too stressed out to want to be around you and enjoy your company. Many of us good stand to learn a thing or two from our dogs in that regard. Your dog will never be able to understand the stress that you’re under, but that means that you should never, under any circumstances, take it out on them. Having a pet teaches you how important it is to leave your baggage at the door and not let it affect your home life.
You never realize how much patience you’re capable of having until you’ve tried to train an excitable young dog. Dog training can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it can also be incredibly stressful and require huge amounts of commitment and patience. It can sometimes feel like a serious uphill battle trying to get your pooch to pay attention to what you’re saying. But it’s incredibly important that you stick with it if you want an obedient, well-behaved dog so you’re going to have to dig deep and find extra reserves of patience that you never even knew you had.