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
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