One of the things that hasn’t changed over the generations—or even centuries—is that “man’s best friend,” the dog, continues to be a popular addition to a home as a pet, or just as a four-legged member of the family. The worldwide popularity of dogs is just as vibrant here in Australia as it is anywhere else on the globe.
Unfortunately, even if the popularity of the dog as a pet hasn’t changed, a lot of things about our lifestyle in the 21st century have. Life, especially in urban centres, is a lot more fast-paced and demanding. On top of that, in heavily populated areas, space, understandably, is at a premium. For people that choose to have goldfish, ro-dents, or even cats as pets, this isn’t as difficult a situation, even when people are working longer hours, spend-ing more time away from home.
But if you have a dog, and you really care about your canine companion, things become a bit more challenging, especially if you have a larger breed. With more people in cities living a condo/apartment lifestyle, then working fulltime on top of that, being able to take proper care of a dog can be a real test. One of the ways that this problem is being addressed is with the rise of the “Doggy Day Care.”
If you’re not sure what this is, or whether it’s right for you and your dog, here’s what a doggy day care can do for you.
In 1815, an unidentified fisherman’s canine companion – a Newfoundland – rescued French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte when he was knocked off his boat into rough seas. The courageous dog was said to have kept Napoleon afloat until he reached safety.
“Here, Gentlemen, a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity,” – Napoleon Bonaparte, 1815
Your pet dog is entirely dependent on you to teach them lessons in humanity. At the same time, you will learn lessons about canine ways and behaviours. By taking the time to understand one another, you’ll grow a healthy, happy dog friendly and human friendly household.
Dogs need to be nurtured with consistency, love, regular exercise, practical grooming and health care, and good nutrition. With these basics in place while teaching your pet acceptable boundaries that cement their position in your pack, your dog will become your best friend, your friends and family’s best friend, effective watchdog, and in Napoleon’s case, your emergency services provider too.