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What You Should Buy A Dog For

The first question we ask is what it should do for us, and not be a pain in the butt. We might want the dog to bark and run away when we’ve been doing things we shouldn’t be doing and for it to chase birds and rats.

We’ve seen the dog training in all its glory, and it works. But we’re lazy and can’t keep up with how much our dogs are going to eat, we haven’t made sure our cats are being taken out off of the yard and groomed and brushed properly, we might think it’s a good idea but we’re terrified of having to get creative when we’re done using our dogs as a walking, snuggly house pet (and the same goes if you’re thinking of purchasing a dog), we might get attached to them for the wrong reasons or our relationships with them can get derailed by the stress of them not being there every day.

What Does My Dog Like And What Does He Want?

What do your dog like in his own space and what are he looking for in his life? And what kind of life does he want? He wants freedom, independence, to come and stay and roam. He needs that in order to be happy and fulfilled and successful in his life in whichever ways he’s been raised so he might well be happy in his own space or a place with other friendly and well-socialized dogs while he’s here.

It’s also perfectly acceptable for your dog to be able to work in another area of the garden or play with other dogs in another area of the garden if he feels that’s necessary to him. All the dogs like freedom, that’s what made them interesting to begin with and this is something we’ve already created for ourselves. For instance:

Puppies that have been in an environment where they’re going to be able to chew toys out of cardboard, chew on sticks, and are going to have lots of treats to play with, not only as a means to keep those dogs happy but also to have some physical exercise in order to keep our bodies and minds moving. That’s called socializing! The point isn’t that we have to give up the physical exercise and the toys, the point is to provide that so the dogs have exercise and the dogs enjoy the physical aspect of living together.

So when you get a new dog, ask yourself if you want a dog that he can work in a play-house and be free to play with others on the other side of the fence. If he wants to be able to walk around the garden and run around in your backyard, to play with you and other dogs, to eat what you and he wants to eat, you’ll need to be able to provide those things and your socializing won’t be nearly as challenging as it was to get him in.

Now, you don’t have to start all over if you’ve never owned a dog; dogs seem to adapt quickly. If your dog doesn’t have any previous dog experience, and he’s been socialized his whole life in some way, then you don’t have to worry about getting him a crate, collars, leash collars, harnesses, or anything like that because he’s been around dogs his whole life. I mean, really, there’s a lot of other people’s dogs on my porch and they look pretty cool to me too! All he has to do is come to me, sit in my lap, and be a good boy. I know that the first couple of times the puppy barks, scampers, and growls will be unpleasant but, hey, I’ve been bitten before, there’s nothing to be done but to enjoy my first day as a mommy dog.

When you buy your new dog, ask if your current dog will be allowed to share your space. If your current dog is a big barker, then be prepared to have him do that. However, don’t think that he should have to do that; he really is an interesting and unique animal that deserves to be around other dogs and you want to make him happy.