By: KENNEDY PLUMMER
People in the US have been in quarantine for 6 months, and it doesn’t look like the lock down is ending any time soon. With stay at home orders still in effect, many families are struggling to find sources of entertainment. Being home for twenty four hours a day, the things in life that used to be considered simple, have now become fun for some people. Some of those things include going on walks, driving in a car, and even going to the grocery store. Many families are now coming closer together by playing board games, going on walks, and even adding members to the family by getting pets! But is getting a pet during lockdown really the best thing to do?
There are several pets that families can bring to their home like fish, cats, birds, but especially dogs. With around 74.8 million dogs in households, they are the United States 3rd most popular pet. Dogs are popular for coming in different sizes and breeds and for often being great companions.
There are several factors to remember before thinking about getting a dog. Different types of dogs require different amounts of attention and maintenance. It is important to remember that like humans, dogs need water, food, exercise, grooming, and need to use the bathroom. Although those few things may seem simplistic and easy, they go into much more detail than what they may seem.
Depending on your dog, feeding your dog may include more than just purchasing the generic food brands. Some dogs have specific dietary requirements, causing them to need more of one food category than another. The average dog’s diet with no dietary issues should be based around 18% protein, around 14% carbohydrates, and less than 25% vegetables. It is often necessary for dog owners to try out several different dog food brands that not only works for their dog, but is also appeasing. Depending on the size of your dog, they will need certain portion sizes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Speaking of healthy lifestyles, it is recommended that dogs not only eat right, but that they also get exercise. Most dogs need around 30 minutes to 2 hours of exercise a day but some dogs may need more. Different forms of exercise for dogs include going on daily walks, running in the park or backyard, catching a ball, and more. It is sometimes difficult for pet owners to meet these recommendations, but there are several back up plans like seeking out dog walkers, or allowing your dogs to hang out outside. In conclusion, the most important thing is to do what works for you and your dog.
Aside from the care that dogs need, they are great pets and companions. Dogs have been known to be excellent solutions when helping people. They are capable of helping with depression, trauma, and assistance. Depending on the type of dog you choose, they are also very loving animals and good for all different ages from children to adults. They provide a sense of comfort and security for many people. If you chose to train your dog to do tricks, they are also a fun source of entertainment.
If you chose to get a dog during quarantine, there are some important things to remember. Certain dogs do require a lot of love and attention, so it is important to be aware of all the needs of the breed that you pick. It is also necessary to think long term when getting a dog, because you will still have the dog, even when quarantine is over. Dogs can also be expensive when adding up the fees for medical needs, dog food, leashes and collars, and grooming. Although dogs require a lot, if you choose to get one, be prepared for a bond and friendship that is amazing and will last a lifetime!