Benefits Of Dog Ownership
There are multiple reasons people want to own a dog. Animal Behavior College, an expert in teaching others how to become a dog trainer, also prides itself in providing general information on pet care and ownership. They know that some folks want a dog for security reasons. For others, it may have been a life-long dream that they are now ready to act on. Sometimes, it’s children that spur the impulse. Whatever the reason, ABC offers useful tips to consider when examining your motivations in dog ownership.
Dogs can offer added security
Those with animal careers know it is common for people to buy a dog for security purposes, whether it’s a family of many or a family of ‘one’. Dogs offer a source of protection. Statistically, it has been shown, burglars are less likely to enter a home with a barking dog. It is helpful to note, that keeping a dog chained or confined outside reduces the effectiveness of the ‘bark’ factor. If security is your motivation for dog ownership, you’ll want to know the best way is to ‘house’ your dog for this effect.When confined dogs can’t differentiate between real or imagined threats and incessantly bark, it is common for owners to dismiss the barking that can occur. An inside dog will provide greater security value in this regard (or if a dog has freedom outside). Keeping a dog ‘close to what it is protecting’ provides maximum benefit for you or your family.
Owning dogs can to teach children responsibility
While an important reason, security is not the only benefit for having a family dog. Teaching children responsibility also has tremendous value. Learning general issues in life such as illness, healthcare for pets, and even death—stages also common to humans—can be very beneficial for children as a natural teaching tool.
Dogs are GREAT companions
Still, companionship is likely the single most common reason (along with security) that people want a family dog. Research conducted by The Delta Society (www.deltasociety.org), a non-profit group promoting healthy human-animal bonding, posts that there are significant health and well-being benefits that optimize happiness in people who own dogs. Dogs bring joy, affection, and unconditional support for their pack – your family – and have the capacity to increase the quality of life for you and your family.
Finally, growing up in a household with a family dog can trigger an interest in animal careers, sometimes creating curiosity on how to become a dog trainer. Animal Behavior College has educated numerous students from family dog childhoods who have developed wonderful relationships through the experience.
Whether the experience one gains in childhood prepares individuals for a future animal career or one is seeking the pleasure of dog companionship, the benefits can be a life-enhancing experience.