Reasons to love and own a dog

Do you need to convince someone why you need a dog? Don’t stress; here are a few ‘selling points’, if you need any. But do keep in mind that dogs are not toys that you can play with until you’re bored – they are a lifetime commitment, but totally worth the time and effort.

1. Smiling moments

Did you have a bad day at work? You will most probably forget about the things that happened during the day the moment you get home and have a cuddle with your dog. He will welcome you with open paws and be excited to see you. Depending on his personality, he will unconsciously do things that will make you smile and forget about the bad day.

2. Loyal friend

Your dog will be your most loyal friend. He won’t betray you and will always love you, no matter what. As long as you take good care of him, he will be by your side, come rain or shine. And if you have to work late, he will be there for you when you come home.

3. Exercise mate

Depending on the breed you have, your dog will either go jogging and cycling with you, or enjoy a casual stroll in the park. Some dogs might need some coaxing to set a paw out the door for some exercise, but most dogs will at least enjoy running around in the garden while playing games with you.

4. Conversation starter

Take a moment and think how you react when you see a puppy? You hardly even notice his human and go straight in for a cuddle. That is exactly what will happen when your dog is still a puppy – lots of attention. But it doesn’t stop there – when your dog is bigger and walking with you in the park, he will still attract attention, and this is an ideal way to start a conversation with someone. Dog owners can’t help themselves and will soon enquire about your dog, which might even be the start of a new friendship.

Always remember that a pet is a lifetime commitment and your are responsible to take care of him.

Read about the other five reasons to own a dog, and many other interesting articles in the 2021/22 copy of South Africa’s Dog Directory. Order your copy online now.


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