Why Do People Own Dogs and Not Take Care of Them

Some of the basic reasons why dogs are neglected.

Recently I was awarded best answer for the question “Why do People Own Dogs but they Don’t Take Care of Them?”. This is a very hard question to answer because there are so many reasons and most people do not even realize that they are not taking care of their pet so it is also a bit of a judgment call.

A lot of people get dogs without realizing how much work they really are. They see a cute pup, and think it would be rather fun to have a dog, and before too long that pup is huge, and tearing their house apart, and tossed out to live in the backyard where it digs and barks.

Sometimes the problems start when a parent has given in to their child’s begging for a dog, and the child has become tired of it, and the parents are not willing to pick up the slack. This is something that always troubles me since the adults should have been aware that this does happen and should not have taken on getting a pet they were not willing to help care for. It’s pretty much common knowledge that kids cannot make lifetime commitments to pets.

People often do not do proper breed research when they get a dog, they fail to recognize that different dogs have different lifestyle needs and while one breed of dog is fine at home on the sofa, many need a ton of exercise or mental stimulation to keep them satisfied (and behaved). Some breeds of dog require daily hair brushing or their fur tangles and forms painful mats. This is often a reason some people fail to take care of their dog, they simply did not realize how much work a particular breed of dog was to care for when they got it.

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Some people overlook the costs and expenses of dog care. They cut corners. They fail to vaccinate their dog, don’t spay or neuter it, and neglect worming and flea control. The dog ends up riddled with parasites, and starts urinating in the house so the people kick it outside. Again this is failure to plan for the pet.

Overall I do not think that anyone gets a dog with the intent of neglecting it or making mistakes. They simply failed to do their homework before getting the dog.

If you are thinking of getting a dog be sure to:

  • Do Breed Research
  • Calculate the Yearly Cost of a Dog
  • Decide if you have Enough Time for a Dog

Read what to do if you Suspect a Pet is Abused or Neglected.

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  1. sloanie

    On September 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    An excellent article.I think many people gets dogs especially puppies because they think there cute, and the kids love them.
    When they reallies dogs come with responsibilities they get rid of them. Its usually these people who fail to bring up their children properly too.

  2. CA Johnson

    On September 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I really enjoyed your article. I do not understand why people get pets if they do not want to take care of them either. It is a shame that there are so many pets suffering because people make an impulse decision to get pets.

  3. Daisy Peasblossom

    On September 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Mostly my animals find me; I don’t go get them. Right now, I’m missing them fiercely even though I visited with all of them yesterday and today. I feel as if I am neglecting them, even though they are safely boarded out.

  4. Tulan

    On September 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Kids always want a pet and sometimes it isn’t wise to get one.

  5. dazzlejazz

    On September 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Wise words. Thanks for sharing.

  6. binyumanyun

    On September 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

    nice share..

  7. BruceW

    On September 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I wonder if it’s time to bring back the dog licence?

  8. webseowriters

    On September 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

    a helpful share

  9. Sceptical Thinker

    On September 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Getting a dog/ puppy or any pet is a decision that should be taken by an adult, because ultimately they are going to have to take resposibility for looking after them. Children are often seduced by the idea of a cuddly cute puppy, without realising the consequences. Unfortunatley there are tens of thousands of abandoned / mistreated dogs and cats. Whether legilation and compulsary chipping of all animals is either practicle or effective in helping to solve this problem I don’t know but it is a thought.

    Informative cautionary article .

  10. Ruby Hawk

    On September 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    It is a big decision to buy a puppy. They need care and a vet which is expensive. Small kids can be too rough, parents should think it over carefully before buying.

  11. Inna Tysoe

    On September 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I think the fundamental problem is attitude: people think of dogs as “things” they own. So they’ll get a dog to.. go with the furniture say. But dogs are not things; they’re living beings who have their own personalities and needs and wants. When we “get” a dog, we are actually adopting someone into our family. Too many people just fail to realize that.

  12. PR Mace

    On October 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Excellent article. I have often asked myself the same question. I see people with dogs chained outside, never played with and never walked. I don’t understand it. It you are going to share your life with a dog then share it!.That is my opinion.

  13. Larinna Chandler

    On October 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Quite right! I get so bothered by people who cant take care of their animals. I get so disgusted by that!!


    On October 26, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Sometimes people are just so lazy to take care of their so called pets it frustrates me

  15. Epicsauce101

    On November 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    People should reconsider after realizing the commitment that has to be made in order to care for a dog. I don’t understand why some people would hurt the animal in the process rather than finding it a better home with someone who wants to take care of the pet correctly.

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