Dogs play a huge role in the family and are much loved companions. No matter what the breed, there is seemingly a dog for every dog lover. Because of our attachment to our pets, it’s no surprise that each owner believes that their dog is the most special, loving, amazing dog, ever.
Dogs are also known for their loyalty, friendship, and bravery. Not to mention they are fun to be with. Some are stunningly gorgeous, while others are simply adorable. Whether giant or pee wee sized, they all have huge hearts and are completely devoted to their family.
Dogs also have great personalities and certain qualities that make them so special. Some of these, only true dog lovers will understand.
1. My dog is my fur kid.
Dogs are very pack oriented. Some were bred to be working dogs while others were bred to be companion animals. What they all have in common is their devotion to their family. Almost like children, they just want to be near those they love. Because of this trait, they are easy to bond with. They are happiest when their owners are close by and not far from sight. If you don’t want a furry kid following you around, don’t get a dog.
2. I have to clean up the nose art, again.
Dogs are very curious by nature and were born with millions of scent receptors. This makes some of them great search and rescue or drug and bomb sniffing dogs. Others just enjoy exploring with their nose. This trait, plus their curious nature, also causes them to sniff everything and everywhere. Their “nose art” can be found on anything. If you don’t want to clean windows and doors all the time, don’t get a dog.
3. I think my dog can read my mind.
Dogs are extremely smart and seem to have the uncanny ability to read our minds. Most learn very fast and are great at interpreting body language. Others are stubborn but still seem to understand what we want only they just choose not to do it. At times, owners have to try to trick them to try to sneak something past them. It’s not always easy to fool them, so if you don’t want a furry pal trying to figure you out, don’t get a dog.
4. My dog is my best friend.
Dogs are highly companionable. They love nothing more than to be with you, doing whatever it is you want to do. Because of this, they are most happy going with you on an adventure or taking a car ride. If you want to fly solo all the time, don’t get a dog.
5. I should have bought stock in toys.
Dogs are naturally very mouthy and need a chewing outlet. They also love to play. As puppies, they like to bite with their tiny sharp teeth. This exploring with their mouth is inherent to most dogs. Chewing is also healthy for their teeth and gums. If you’re not willing to spend a small fortune on toys, don’t get a dog.
6. I need another new vacuum.
Most dogs shed and some much more than others. Although most of their coats are basically easy to care for, they do require grooming to keep the shedding under control. A healthy diet is great for reducing the amount of fur they leave behind but you will find a trail of fur everywhere, along with grass and dust from playing outside. If you don’t want to vacuum all the time, don’t get a dog (or get a hairless!).
7. If my dog doesn’t like you, I don’t like you.
Most dogs are naturally protective and intuitive. A good dog is not aggressive toward people but may act protective toward their loved ones if they need to. Most of the time, they are friendly but can be cautious if they don’t like a person. If the dog doesn’t like a person, dog lovers will choose the dog every time. If you don’t want a fur kid with an opinion about your friends and strangers, don’t get a dog.
8. Dogs need mental stimulation.
Dogs need enrichment activities to keep them happy. They are not ornaments to decorate the house with. They are smart and thrive on learning new things. They enjoy using their mind, like learning new tricks. Some like to work and can get destructive when bored. If you want a decoration, don’t get a dog.
9. My dog is busy.
Most dogs are active and need exercise, although the amount varies. Proper exercise can come in many forms but it must happen. Active playtime, walks, dog sports, or even a run around the yard can provide the physical outlet dogs require. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise can acquire behavior problems. If you want a couch potato, don’t get a dog.
10. My dog is always touching me.
Dogs love physical contact and to sniff and lick. Dog lovers expect a nose to the face, hands, legs, and basically everywhere and anywhere. If you don’t want a wet nose constantly touching you, don’t get a dog.
11. I love my dog!
Because dogs are so loyal, they become especially bonded with their owners. They are the perfect family companions. They return respect, love and affection in huge measure. They want nothing more than to be close, cuddle, and be the center of your universe. If you don’t want to provide lots of love and attention, don’t get a dog.
If you want a companion that is fun, active, loving, and wants nothing more than to stand by your side as your best friend, definitely get a dog!