Original Article by Steve Wolpert
If you are on this website you probably either have a dog or want to have a dog. Unfortunately, as many in the latter group know, just because you want to get a furry friend doesn’t mean that your partner does too. With that said, there are a few things you may be able to do to convince your partner that getting a dog is the right choice. From doggy-sitting to bribery with animal slippers , here are 3 tips for convincing your partner to get a dog.
1. Figure out what your partner’s favorite dog breed is
It may be a long and hard challenge to convince your partner to get a dog, but knowing what their favorite dog breed is can make things go a lot smoother. If your partner prefers the mini Maltese, then you’ll know that trying to convince him to get the more sizable Saint Bernard could mean you are barking up the wrong tree. Once you know the preferred breed, you can start to hone in on the looks, temperament, size and other characteristics of the dogs that are most likely to win over your partner’s heart.
2. Begin dog-sitting or volunteering with dogs
Once you’ve learned what your partner’s favorite breed is, you can try volunteering or doggy-sitting that type of dog or similar breeds. If you can’t find a dog to watch, another option is to volunteer at your local shelter and try to get your partner spending as much time as possible with their favorite breed. Be careful though, the one thing you don’t want is a misbehaved or overly hyper dog that could stress out your partner and turn him or her against getting a dog. For this reason, doggie-sitting for trained dogs may be a wise idea, as they may be a little more low key, and almost always a lot more house broken. Who knows? Maybe they will walk into a local animal shelter to help take a dog for a walk, and then come out having adopted a dog of their very own.
3. Turn a date night into a dog night
If you do more dog-focused activities with your partner, getting a dog may start to make more sense. One idea is to turn a date night into a dog night. For instance, you can watch dog themed movies like Marley and Me, My Dog Skip¸ or a silly one, like Air Bud . Before watching the movie, you can surprise your partner with a pair of dog slippers (you may even be able to find them for your partners favorite breed at www.Crazyforbargains.com ) to show them just how doggy dedicated you are.
Convincing a partner to become a dog owner is no easy task. But with the right information and activities, it is almost always possible. While your partner’s mind may not change immediately, with enough dedication and persistence you may be able to persuade them to open up your home for a new furry friend.
Education is the first step in pet poison prevention.
Pet owners should take the time to educate themselves on the various, sometimes unexpected, pet poisons in their environments. The Pet Poison Helpline provides an extensive list of poisonous items for pet owners to be aware of, but here are a few of the most common items seen by veterinarians:
Many people believe certain dog breed, such as huskies and malamutes, are capable of living outside all of the time because of their thick coats. However, no dog breed should be consistently left unprotected outside. According to the City of Cincinnati, when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a pet owner should not leave their dog outside for longer than sixty minutes without adequate shelter. For outside dogs, owners should provide a warm, dry, draft free shelter with fresh, unfrozen water. Heated water bowls are a great option to ensure consistent access to unfrozen water. Owners should also feed their outdoor dogs more during the winter because their bodies use more energy trying to keep warm. In 2016, the City of Cincinnati passed an ordinance with further restrictions and shelter guidelines for dog tethering and weather conditions, which can be found by clicking here
A common winter hazard that vets encounter consistently with cats is engine belt injuries. Cats will climb into cars to keep warm, and without knowing they’re there, people will start their cars and harm the cats. Before starting your car in the winter, it’s advised to give the car hood a few raps to make sure there are no cats cozied up inside.
Pets start an estimated 1,000 fires per year. While this isn’t a huge number, it’s easily preventable. Pet owners should identify the risks in their home and make sure they’re contained from pets. Risks to consider include, open flames such as candles, space heaters, stovetops, fireplaces, and frayed wires chewed by puppies.
Even if all fire hazards are contained from pets, there’s still always a chance of a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , there’s a home fire reported every 86 seconds in the United States. So while the hope is that you and your pets never have to face a fire, it’s important to have a plan.
In case of a fire, pet owners should hang window clings that let firefighters know there’s a pet in the home. The ASPCA offers a free Pet Fire Safety Pack that includes a window decal. When leaving home, pet owners should know where their pets are and keep them close to exits if possible. Pet owners should also consider investing in monitored smoke detectors that alert homeowners of a fire when they’re not home and automatically dispatch firefighters.
Getting your dog microchipped is an easy and relatively inexpensive procedure that drastically increases the odds that your pet will find its way home if it’s ever lost. A microchip is a tiny chip that’s about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique identification number. It’s injected into a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades on their back. When scanned with an electric scanner, the chip will show the unique identification number and manufacturer of the microchip. This unique identification number will be linked to the pet owner’s contact information in the microchip manufacturer’s database.
If a stranger ever finds your dog, a shelter or veterinarian can scan your pet for a microchip. Once they have the identification number and manufacturer from the chip reading, they will call the manufacturer in search of the pet owner’s contact information. Therefore, if a dog owner moves or changes their contact information, it’s extremely important for them to update the contact information associated with their pet’s microchip identification number.