Since the Dawn of Time, Dogs were Man’s Best Friend !
Once dogs domesticated, they migrated around the world along with the humans. Even their Latin name Canis lupus familiaris or Canisfamiliaris states that they are domesticated. They have been breed selectively through the years, so nowadays we have various breeds of dogs. All breeds of dogs are different but today they are mostly kept as pets.
Why Dogs are the best Pet?
In the past, dogs had many roles in the lives of the humans. However, today most of the time they are pets. There are many reasons why people these days have dogs as pets. First of all, the love, loyalty and the positive vibe we get from the dog. Then, there are the benefits of having a companion, friend, who will always cheer you up. Having a dog as a pet is also fun; you get to play with it, take walks and even get dates as a dog owner!
History of the dog
It is known that dogs inhabited the Earth even before humans did. Some mentions dog gave companies with the dinosaurs too! From meet-eating, ground-digging early dogs that lived about 40 million years ago, they evolved to the dogs of today. Early dogs hunted alone for small prey or in packs for bigger prey. After humans became large enough and more skillful, they domesticated the dogs so they could hunt together and keep each other company. However, even then, only dogs that were no threat to the humans were let to live close to the campsites. It is considered that modern dogs and wolves are just variations in a single species.
“It’s just me and my 6-month-old puppy. I am not dating anyone.”
Puppies are probably the cutest thing, but they are the most likely the hardest part of owning a dog. Every breed can have a different number of puppies in one litter. However, even taking care of one puppy can be a hard job for the owner, so just imagine a whole litter! Puppies need to be fed with a special puppy food after they stop with the milk from the mom. They need to be vaccinated and during that period, they should be in quarantine. Being in quarantine means not being in contact with other dogs and the outside environment. Because during that time of vaccination, their immune system is not strong enough and they could get ill. They need to be trained, most importantly for toilet habits and of course for the things they can or cannot do in the home they live in. Training can take up a lot of time, but it is worth it!
There are many types of breeds in the world today. Most of them are hundreds of years old and some are new breeds just from few decades ago. Breeds vary in size, form of the body, character, color, coat and other things. In addition, there are working breeds, friendly and family breeds, saloon breeds, hunting breeds and so on. Choosing the right breed is very important and you should have that in mind before getting a dog. Some owners choose a dog just because of the looks or the appearance but doing research on the breed is essential before getting a dog.
Dog Food is the most important dog supplies
After you get a dog, as an owner you need to supply your best friend with the right food. When choosing the right food, you should consider the needs of your dog. Dog food varies in state (dry, wet, semi-moist, raw food), nutritional values, quality and ingredients. Before buying food, you should always check the labels and the dates on the packages. Other that complete food, there is complementary food for dogs; most of the time it is in the form of treats for dogs.
Dog Diseases, Symptoms and Treatment
Dogs are a lot like humans when it comes to health. They can get ill from various diseases and can even catch something from their owners or they can transfer some disease to their owners. However, these days the veterinary medicine is developing very fast. There are vaccines for the most important diseases and the most common ones, so it is important to vaccinate your dog regularly! However, when a dog is already ill, the symptoms can vary from fever, coughing, diarrhea and so on. It is a good thing that there are only few diseases that cannot be treated today but the medicine is evolving so fast that we can expect new cures even for incurable diseases.
Take care your dog as friend; they will care you as a family
Dogs, unlike cats, need a lot more attention. They require shelter, daily walks, and meals and fresh water. Those are the essentials. However, dogs also need regular vaccinations, endo- and ectoparasite control, baths and grooming. Also, they need to be properly trained and nurtured. In addition, every dog breed require something that is unique for the breed. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that they all love to play, wheatear it is with their owners or with toys. They love being around people and they are the happiest when they can please their owner.
Advantages of having a dog
There are a lot of advantages about owning a dog! There is the friendliness and the companionship that you get from every dog. Dogs love to be around humans, no matter what! They will follow you everywhere and they will probably be the happiest to see you even if you were out just for a minute. Another advantage of having a dog is that they make their owners feel more secure. They have better hearing and smelling senses than humans and they always alert owners when something is not right. There are also health benefits in having a dog. Taking your dog for a walk, can do a lot in keeping you fit. Also, they improve your immunity with every day they are beside you. In the winter, they are the ones that keep your feet warm and of course, they are the most fun to be around!
Disadvantages of having a dog
However, owning a dog is not all fun and games. There are few downsides of owning a dog. Some people would say that it is the same as raising a child. Dogs are demanding animals; they need food, water and physical activity on daily bases, so if you are not ready for this, it could mean a disadvantage in owning a dog. Another disadvantage in owning a dog is that they can be allergenic, so it is a problem for sensitive people.