Ever since a mutation in the stress hormone of ancient wolves led some of them to not be afraid to interact with early humans, dog and man has been inseparable. In fact, every dog breed in the world is a direct descendant of this friendlier breed of wolf. Long ago, dogs have accepted the comfort of human-provided steady meals and shelter in exchange for unwavering devotion, friendship and security.
This bond between dogs and humans lives on to this day. In our modern society, an average family may not be in as much of a need for the security a dog provides as in need of companionship. In our country specifically, the “American Dream” refers to owning a home, having kids, and, of course, a dog.
So, you have the “home” part checked off. Maybe “kids” are checked off as well. If you are a recent homeowner considering adopting a pet canine for the first time, here are a few things to know and consider.
Just like different car makes and models, different breeds of dogs come with different responsibilities and worries. The Husky, for example, is a very popular breed of dogs because of their gorgeous looks, however, the breed is kind of like a sports car… very pretty but also very hard to handle, and is very high-maintenance. First-time dog owners may want to start with a friendlier, more obedient and easier-to-train dog breeds. The Golden Retriever and Labrador, for example, are both extremely easygoing breeds.
Make sure no one in your household is allergic to the breed of dog you are adopting. Different breeds have different concentrations of hormones and fur oils. Just because you may not be allergic to some breed does not mean you are not allergic to all. If allergies are a concern, hypo-allergenic Poodles, Labradoodles and Samoyeds may be the answer.
Be prepared for a lot of work at first, regardless of the breed. Training requires a cooperative environment and a lot of patience. If you have a full household, assign tasks and duties so that everyone in the family is involved in the care of the new puppy.
Be sure to stock up on chew toys, food and any other supplies you may need, including a dog crate. Dog crates seem like puppy jail cells, however, the Humane Society actually recommends getting a crate for your new puppy. Dogs, going by their deeply-engrained wolf instincts, love dens. The crate can act like a den, and make them feel safe, simultaneously acting like your dog’s home and transportation box.
Do More Research
To put it mildly, the information contained is not nearly enough. Read up, research and get as much information as possible prior to adopting a pet. With knowledge and patience, adding a four-legged friend into your home will be an extremely rewarding experience.