Why Should You Get A Dog?

  • 31/12/2018

There are an estimated 8.9 million dogs in the UK, making them the second most popular pet after cats (11.1 million).  If you’re thinking about getting a dog, it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Before even looking for a dog, you should think about the available room in your home and garden, and how much time you’ll be able to devote to its well-being when you consider the other demands on your time.  These two factors will help you to narrow down the size/breed of dog you can cope with. 

A dog is a responsibility and can be quite expensive when you consider visits to the vet for inoculations and check-ups.  If you haven’t got pet insurance, personal loans are an alternative solution.  Even with a bad credit score, you can be accepted as long as you pass an affordability check.  Despite their expenses, why are dogs so popular?

One of the most common reasons dog owners give is that dogs are extremely good company. Not for nothing are they called ‘man’s best friend’.  Dog owners often report that their dog appears to have a sixth sense and instinctively knows when they’re upset or depressed.  Dogs are the best kind of friend – affectionate, forgiving and loyal.     

Owning a dog can also help your social life.  Not only are other dog owners extremely friendly when you bump into them in the park or on the street, but you’ll be surprised by how often your dog becomes a topic of conversation when you’re taking it for a walk.  Often, strangers will initiate a conversation by asking about your dog.  There’s no better way to meet new people, so dogs can be a great way to ensure social inclusion.

Dogs can also improve your fitness levels.  Taking them for a walk several times a day can force you out of the house, even on days when you'd rather slump in front of the TV or computer screen.  Getting out in the fresh air does you good and can be the ideal way to wind down after a busy day at work. 

If you have kids, owning a dog can teach them a lot.  If they’re the ones begging for a pet dog, they must be made to understand that it’s a lifelong commitment even after the novelty value wears off.  Looking after a pet can teach them a sense of responsibility and the importance of time management.

Many dog owners say they feel much safer with a dog in the house.  This is true, as burglars tend to avoid homes where a barking dog can attract the attention of neighbours.  In fact, they can be a better deterrent than the latest security system. 

Finally, dogs are a great source of fun and entertainment.  They are full of energy and always eager to play.  Some of their antics can be genuinely funny, and this shared fun and laughter can help you to forget the stresses of your everyday routine.    

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