Get a pup/dog only if you are a responsible enough...

People sometimes adopt a pup thinking, How adorable? or My children want one or simply because the particular breed is exotic and a ‘status symbol’. Little do they realise that keeping a dog requires hard work and one needs a tremendous amount of patience and time. Once the ‘honeymoon period’ with the pup is over, the pup is neglected terribly or abandoned! Here are a few basic points to know whether you deserve a pet at all...
Commitment for life
A pup is a family member and requires undivided attention. Make sure you are ready to give love, care, affection, and attention.

Analyse this: Do you really need a pup? A pup requires a lot of time, love and care, and a lot of money will have to be spent on your pet. Don’t adopt dogs because your children or you find them cute. When you get exposed to the hard work and non-stop antics, you may want to give up. Think hard. Don’t adopt till you’re sure that you are up for all the hard work.
The right reason
Getting a puppy just because your friend or relative has one isn’t good enough. Also, do not go for a popular breed. Select a breed that suits your home, environment and weather conditions.

Take care of their needs
I have seen a case where a dog was not bathed for more than 10 months. When I pointed it out, they sent their dog to the spa with the driver just to display how much they care! If they would have cared, the poor dog would have been well groomed.

Health is prime
Like any family member, your pet should be taken for general health check-ups and vaccines regularly.

Seasonal changes: Take care of your dog’s needs and requirements as seasons change. Make sure they keep cool in summers and are well-wrapped in winters.

Clean water at all times: Provide them with clean drinking water all the time.

Place for a nap: Give them a proper bed to sleep in, with extra bedding in winters.

Talk to your pet: I have seen people who never talk to their dog, never give them a pat on their back and the weirdest of all, don’t touch them. If you feel that way, don’t keep a dog.

Let them roam free: A dog’s place is in the house – everywhere and your heart. Imagine spending the afternoon in the open in the summer months or facing the December winds at night. You are torturing your dog by doing the same. It’s a common sight to see dogs in the balcony, the outhouse or tied up near the parking spot – that’s inhuman!

Track health details: Some pet parents don’t keep track of vaccines and regular health check-ups of their pets. Health details in general and all check-up records should be maintained properly.

Play with them: Play is work and exercise for a dog. Walk with them, talk to them and have fun. It’s a great bonding exercise.


Stress busters
Ben Williams said: “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” Indulge in a game of ‘FETCH’ and a cuddle-up session with your pet. Till you’ve tried it, you don’t get to know that dogs can literally bring down your stress levels and blood pressure.


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