Dogs are giving babies a run for their money, as many couples choose to raise pets instead of human children. There has been an increase in the number of dog parents without children all across the globe. Some doggie parents consider caring for dogs as a practice-run for raising a human child. However, many of them don’t want to raise children at all and often reasons such as such as finances and the effort of raising a child play a deciding factor. Instead of making babies or trying for adoption, there has been a rise in the number of couples with dogs.
If you are a single person with a pet dog, it’s important to know if your potential partner loves dogs as much as you do. This is because, if you are dating someone who doesn’t love dogs, it can lead to serious conflicts later on.
Why Do We Love Dogs Like Children?
A lot of couples consider their dogs to be their children, and for good reason. They are loyal, forgiving, and they recognize and respond to human emotions. Their title of man’s best friend may sound like a cliché, but it’s grounded in reality. Dogs are capable of understanding sadness and they do their best to provide comfort to their human parents. They can also sense when you are happy and can join in on the fun. In the course of caring for them, you can build an irrevocable bond with a dog that’s closely comparable to loving and caring for a human child.
Dogs Are an Affordable Alternative to Raising a Child
In general, dogs require much less medical care than human kids. Apart from routine vet check-up and monthly application of flea and tick preventatives like Frontline Plus there is not much that needs to be to done to keep a dog healthy. As long as they live in a clean, parasite-free environment and have healthy food to chow down, dogs require little medical care. Dogs are also not susceptible to common cold and other diseases that generally plague young humans. Yes, there will be those occasional trips to the vet’s office. However, in general, they require much less medical care than children. Once they are housebroken, you can leave start leaving your dogs at home while you go to work. This saves the cost of nannies, daycares, and nurseries, which would be necessary for a young child.
Never Allow a Relationship to Come Between You and Your Dog
A lot of pet abandonments are results of disagreements between partners. This is why it’s best to set the right expectations at the start of every new relationship. It is up to you to make it clear to your potential partner that you and the dog are a package deal. Just as you would set the ground rules if you are a single parent. This way they can either accept the whole package or they are free to move on. The last thing you want is to get involved with people who create situations where you are forced to choose between the dog and them.