Meet Honey. Also known as Honey Bear, Honey Badger, Honey Pie, Bunny, and Pretty Girl. She is my fourth child, and third daughter. She is also a certified BFF, therapist, playmate, and consummate snuggler. She is family.
Because she is family, it means we make many decisions based on her needs. We are currently looking for a new couch for our family room. It must be big enough for the whole family to fit on. Many couches have been rejected because they don’t pass the puppy pile test. I am also renovating my office. My office chair, while comfortable, is not built for two, and is getting rather uncomfortable with the furry beast taking up 3/4 of it. I am in the market for a loveseat for my desk, preferably something with a nice armrest for her head.
When we go away on holidays, we hire someone to stay with her at the house. Snuggles are built into the fee we pay. It’s because of these things that I couldn’t help but smile when I read some of the findings of the Dog Chow® Family Poll. Tell me if you don’t see yourself in these stats:
– According to the Dog Chow® Family Poll, three-quarters of Canadian dog owners take their canine companions into account when making decisions about vacations, homes and car purchases.
– Even more, over half spend more time with their loved ones because they have a dog and the majority (85%) speak to their dogs like a full-fledged family member
– It may come as no surprise that as a nation many of us (71%) describe the family dog as a playmate, with this number increasing slightly for those with kids (76%).
– Our dogs like to give cards. For 45 per cent of dog owners, signing for Fido is standard practice.
If you have a dog you understand what an important member of your family they become. And although it may seem crazy to some, it’s perfectly normal to those of us with dogs to carry on conversations with them. After all, they are fantastic listeners.
If you are thinking of bringing a furry baby into your house, consider this advise from dog behaviourist and trainer, Jill Priest:
– Leaders Not Littermates: Children should take on smaller tasks such as feeding, positive treat training and walking the dog to ensure the family dog understands his position in the pack. (My oldest feeds breakfast, my youngest is supper, they both help bathe and brush her and are responsible for throwing the ball for her.)
– Consistency is Key: And when it comes to timing for feeding, exercise and discipline, getting on the same page as an entire family is a great way to bring everyone together and assign responsibilities.
– Stay on Schedules – fluctuating timing for walks and feeding can throw your dog off and create anxiety. Try to keep regular schedules to reduce furry worry.
In my opinion, there is no better addition to a family than a dog. Just remember that they are a long-term commitment, so be sure you are in it for the long-haul. If you’d like to win a Prize Pack for your furry friend valued at $125 from Purina click here.