The bond between humans and dogs is not an invention of the modern world. Scientists believe that the domestication of dogs originated at least 14,000 years ago because archeologists have discovered ancient graves of dogs buried with humans.
However, what may have changed is that dogs are no longer domesticated because of their fierce territoriality, but because of their affectionate nature. In a high-tech world where isolation is the norm rather than the exception, where human contact is rapidly being displaced by screen dialogs, dogs help modern humans feel less lonely and depressed.
Here, then, are some tips for taking great care of your loving, peaceful friend:
Tip #1: Food
Since dogs are like another member of your family, you should shop for high-quality dog food that keeps them healthy. Buying pet food online offers three big advantages:
- You often pay less because the seller passes the savings of their lower overheads to customers, a marketing strategy to increase sales volume.
- You don’t have to go anywhere, nor lug heavy dog bags to your car and from your car into the house.
- You have more time to carefully look through the list of ingredients and even do a Google search for more scientific information about certain ingredients.
These three advantages make it easier to consistently buy dog food that improves their health, enhances their wellbeing, and increases their longevity.
Tip #2: Exercise
If you work long hours, it forces your dog to sit on the couch for eight to ten hours before enjoying a meal and a walk. However, you do have some options to relieve your dog’s hunger, boredom, and lethargy. You can use an automatic food dispenser to provide the right amount of food at the right times and a dog walker to come in and take your dog for a long walk. Many animal lovers are also happy to work as pet sitters.
Tip #3: Preventative Health Care
As dogs get older, they can suffer from joint problems, cancer, obesity, kidney issues, dementia, heart problems, GI issues, and incontinence. Avoid these potential problems by making health care a priority. Schedule an appointment with your vet the first week you get your dog, as this will help establish a baseline on health issues.
Some of the biggest health problems that dogs deal with parasites like ticks, fleas, heartworms, and tapeworms. So, ask your vet to check for parasites. If there are any issues, immediately get your dog dewormed and relieved of ticks and fleas.
Also, make sure your dog gets core vaccines. These will protect your dog from some of the most common and serious diseases such as rabies, hepatitis, parvovirus, and distemper.
Tip #4: Friendship
If you take your friends for granted, your friendships will either be lukewarm or fade away. Similarly, put some effort into developing a warm relationship with your dog. While your dog won’t complain if you spend most of your time on a walk texting your friends or playing fetch perfunctorily, you will stimulate your friendship by talking to your dog, playing with your dog, and being in the moment with your dog. Attempting to be friendlier to your dog will benefit both of you.
As human friendships have become more virtual, humans and dogs have become closer friends. In short, dogs love you no matter what. They don’t care if you’re struggling with personal issues. They don’t care if you hate your new job and constantly complain about it on the phone. They don’t care if you’re single or married, with kids or without. They don’t care if you’re paying your bills on time or falling behind. They just love you anyway.