Today as usual I stick my nose in business I don’t need to. But I found a post on Facebook that was about a dog looking for a new home. This is what I think about this.
We have rescue centers, they are flooded with dogs, they have dogs from all sorts of backgrounds. But most of them are because no one wants them and they get dropped off at the centers. This is not what a rescue center is there for. These places are for dogs that need rescuing and not an easy way out for a fed up owner.
Here is my view on this giving dogs up.
And please feel free to disagree with me and you can even publicly shame me to all like minded people out there. If you can’t see the logic in my point then I don’t want you or like minded people to be following us.
So let’s start.
Before you get a animal. Research the type of animal, what does it need to survive and be happy. Then research the specific breed and their unique behaviors and requirements. After that please realize that they are with you for (x) amount of years and they are your responsibility till the day they die. And no killing them is not an option
Next there are rescue centers for all types of animals. Animals that have needed to be rescued from there past(Not give up). If this is not an option then please there are regulations on breeding of all animals and by supporting a registered breeder you are supporting the rules that are set by a governing body.
So you found your breeder, great(this point doesn’t really apply to rescue centers)
First important thing to look at.
Time with mom. How long are the puppies kept with the mom and dad? A minimum of 8 weeks is necessary for basic discipline and manners that the parents teach. I recommend 12weeks old as the best time to get that puppy.
Second thing that is a huge no no. Don’t get 2 puppies from the same litter. You asking for trouble and this is why.
They were born together, they were raised together and they were taken away from their family together. This creates a bond that you won’t split easily. They will look to each other to play and for entertainment. “Great, I want them to play with each other” no you don’t. They will be difficult to train.
This leads to the next thing. Something that many people get wrong and I get asked often. “When do we start training our puppy?”
Training starts with the mom and dad and as soon as puppy comes home with you, training begins.
Sit, down, learning to go to the toilet on command, not being protective over food, and crate training(posted on how to crate train earlier) but the most important training is to play, you want your dog to play with you like there is nothing better in the world.
Then discipline is important. They cute and small and they don’t cause damage but keep in mind that cute face might get to 40kgs. Rule of thumb, accept anything you want out of a big dog.
Now. Dogs grow a bond to their new family. One that they will die for. If you not willing to do the same then don’t get the dog.
A dog is a child that you didn’t give birth to. The difference is the dog will love you unconditionally till the very end. They will be by your side every step of the difficulties in life and you better be there for them the same.
If you don’t leave you children behind then you don’t leave your dog.
This results in a huge difference in the connection between man and animal. From here we put everything in balance slowly. We see animals and more then objects, we act in ways that is best for them.
We establish peace on earth with one simple action. If you not ready for this then you need to put the idea of having an animal on hold.
This goes for all animals that we make reliant on us for their survival.
Treat this world and everything on it like it’s the only one we have.