July 18, 2011
Can you remember a time growing up, when your family or friend decided to adopt or purchase a family pet? Or, may you recall an experience with neighbors that had a dog? Thinking back, was there ever a time when you may have thought if the dog had a good owner or a bad owner? I would like to discuss a couple scenarios to think about. Think of a possible neighbor, with a couple dogs in the back yard. Are the dogs cared for properly? Are the dogs getting fed and fresh water daily? Notice if there is proper shelter. There are similarities and differences between a good dog owner and a bad dog owner. Both good and bad dog owners usually want a puppy because, how can they resist the cuteness of a baby? Either type of owner may decide to obtain their new puppy from a shelter or purchase one from a pet store. After the desired puppy is decided on, both owners are very much excited to bring the puppy into the home. Buying bowls, food and toys are usually some of the first things that are bought by both types of owners. Sometimes, family members may argue who will take care of the puppy. Initial excitement, gloating and great enjoyment is lavished upon the puppy. In a matter of time, the newness and excitement begins to wear off. After, the newness of the puppy has diminished, this is when differences of types of owners come into play. A good dog owner will consider the type of dog and if personality matches the owners. Other factors that would be considered by a good dog owner are, cost, time, energy and care that the dog will need. A good owner will make sure the puppy/dog has all their shots, wormed and properly tagged. Bad dog owners fail to consider the cost and upkeep; time and energy. These are important priorities and divide the owners in the responsibilities.
Getting into the direct care of a dog, the actual feeding, watering and shelter...