Dogs are family™ here at DogHeirs. We’ve created this list of 20 essential things all dog lovers must always keep in mind. These life lessons are sometimes easy to forget in our hectic lives, but when you remember that you are your dog’s whole world, these 20 truths are unforgettable.
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20 Essential Facts Dog Lovers Must Always Remember
1. A dog's life is very short when compared to a human's lifespan. While humans can live for more than 100 years, dogs may only live for 10-20 years. Make the time count.
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2. Dogs can act aggressively out of fear. Early socialization with people and other animals is key to building confidence, trust and love.
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3. Children who grow up with dogs are not only healthier but they are also more well-adjusted human beings. Studies have shown that kids who live with dogs have stronger immune systems, fewer allergies and possibly even healthier microbiomes. Other research has revealed that kids raised with dogs feel more caring, happy, responsible and intelligent. And dogs love their little humans just as much as they love their big humans.
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4. Dog kisses may also improve your health! A new study aims to show that microbes exchanged between dogs and people may have a positive probiotic effect on the human body that affects our overall health.
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5. Dogs love to have jobs. Keeping your dogs active and fit will not only maintain their physical health, it will keep them mentally happy too. "A tired dog is a happy dog."
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6. Dogs just want to make their humans happy. Teaching dogs new tricks, challenges and behaviors strengthens the bond with your dog. Studies have shown that dogs bond with their humans in a similar way that babies do with their parents and naturally want to please them.
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7. Dogs reduce stress. Dogs have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease because they motivate people to get outside and take walks. Also the emotional bond owners feel towards their pets reduces their reaction to stress and lowers their heart rate.
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8. Dogs look to their humans for help. Dogs derive comfort, security and motivation from their humans.
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9. Dogs appreciate everything you do for them. No gesture is too small or too short - dogs are just happy to be loved and cared for and every minute you spend with them just makes them love you more.
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10. Dogs are sensitive to the environment. They cannot be left outside when it is too hot or too cold. Leaving a dog outside without shelter in extreme weather could result in sickness or death. Similarly, leaving dogs in vehicles during the summer heat could kill them.
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11. Dogs need to be regularly groomed and cared for to keep them physically healthy and happy. Their toenails need to be trimmed, their coat needs to be kept clean and brushed free of mats. Dogs also need their teeth regularly brushed to avoid cavities and disease.
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12. Dogs naturally want to comfort people. Scientists have shown that dogs respond to human tears and will naturally try and reassure a distressed person. Furthermore, dogs won’t just comfort their humans, they'll also try to help strangers!
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13. Dogs cannot be left alone for long periods of time. They are social animals and need people or other animals around them in order to not get lonely, suffer separation anxiety or act out with bad behavior. Dogs need to spend time interacting with their humans every single day.
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14. Dogs don't understand speeches. Dogs respond to key words, vocal tones and body language. Research has proven that dogs watch human interactions and understand subtle signals.
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15. Dogs love food, but food is not love. The food you give your dogs will affect their overall health. Many human foods are toxic for dogs and could result in death if they eat them.
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16. Dogs thrive on encouragement. Positive reinforcement training has been shown to have far better results in modifying a dog's behavior than harsh training methods. Researchers suggest training your dog well and early on to avoid any problems with aggression.
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17. Dogs are very expressive. Dogs may not be able to speak our language, but they can tell us a lot, if we just pay attention.
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18. Dogs may display sudden changes in behavior due to illness. If your dogs are suddenly acting aggressively, or not wanting to walk or eat, it could mean they are sick or injured. Dogs don’t complain like humans, but a change in their regular behavior or routine could indicate there’s something wrong.
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19. Old dogs deserve just as much love and attention as puppies. Everyone loves puppies, but senior dogs have spent many more years loving and being loyal to their humans.
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20. Dogs always refuse to leave their human's side. There are countless reports of loyal dogs who stayed beside their humans when they were sick, injured and even deceased. Remember this when it's time for your dog to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
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And when the time comes, remember that dogs never die. They are sleeping in your heart.
Cherish your dogs! Dogs are family™ for life.
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