6 Types of People Who Should Not Own Dogs
I wrote this article one day after seeing two huge Malamutes stuck inside a car on a day that I could barely breathe outside. I was so angry that someone could be that irresponsible, and it made me realize that there are a lot of people out there that just should not be allowed to own dogs. I should say that I've also worked in dog kennels and daycares, so I can personally attest to some of these points.
Some People Just Shouldn't Own Dogs
Since anyone can get a dog, many people who should not own dogs end up acquiring them through various means. Sometimes they receive them as gifts. Sometimes they buy them for horrible reasons like for dogfighting. Sometimes they buy them without a clue about what a dog needs. Whatever the case, there are many people out there that should not own dogs. Following are six such examples.
1. People Who Travel a Great Deal and Have to Leave Their Dogs in Kennels
Dogs cannot be left alone for a few days, like cats, with a person checking in on them once or twice. Most dogs are not litter-trained, and they need to go outside to do their business. They drink and eat more than cats, and a limited supply of food or water can run out very quickly. And unlike cats, they can get lonely and upset very quickly if left alone.
Because dogs are not apt to stay at home by themselves, they have to be babysat by someone trusted or go to a kennel. If a kennel is the only option, then this can be a terrifying and lonely experience for the dog.
Dogs can suffer a great amount of stress at a kennel. They are loud and chaotic. The people looking after the dogs usually cannot devote special attention to a single dog, which adds to the stress of dogs that need some attention. Often dogs urinate and defecate in their kennels because their schedule is thrown off, and then they have to live in that kennel until it is cleaned.
A kennel is not a long-term situation for any dog, so no person who travels extensively should own a dog.
2. People Who Leave Their Dogs in Hot Cars
On warm days, you will often find a dog in a parked car in any given parking lot. Sometimes the window will be left open a little, and sometimes not. Many times the dog will be a big breed with tons of hair to act like a fur coat. And every year a number of dogs die of heatstroke or death because they have been left in a car that turned into an oven within minutes. The owners who think that dogs do not succumb to heat should not be allowed to own dogs.
Knowledgeable and caring owners leave their dogs at home on a hot day. If they bring them out for a car ride, then they have a friend who can look after them when they run into a store, or they leash them up outside in the shade. They do not leave them in a car that can become an instant death trap due to high heat.
I should add that I looked for statistics on this, but I couldn't find any. However, I know that I see this at least once per day during the summer, so I would have to make an intelligent guess and say the statistics would show a high occurrence of death or injury from this point.
3. People Who Leave Their Dogs Outside All Day
So many dogs live a life outside, away from their owners and other pets that are inside. Whether the owner has an acre of land, a small yard, or a balcony, dogs should not be left outside all day. Any owner who thinks that this is best should not own a dog.
Dogs are pack animals and have a strong attachment to their human family. They need attention and love, and being isolated outside all day can cause them a lot of mental pain. Additionally, outside dogs are at risk for injury from animals, humans, and the weather. They are also more likely to be stolen and sold for profit. Lastly, they can become yard aggressive and be hostile to everyone, even people they know, who invade their property.
4. People Who Do Not Exercise Their Dogs
You don’t need to be a dog expert to know that dogs love to play, walk, and run. Dogs are naturals when it comes to exercise. Without exercise, they can become overweight and bored. Walks and backyard excursions often bring about many interesting things to see and do.
Some dogs can get their exercise from playing with another dog or running around the backyard; however, if a household has no other pets and no backyard, and the owner does not enjoy playing with their dog or taking him or her for walks, then the owner should not own a dog.
5. People Who Do Not Consider a Dog's Dietary Needs
Just like humans and all other creatures on Earth, dogs live because of food. Without food, they would die. Some people think that dogs can eat anything and thrive on it, and these people should not own dogs.
Cheap dog food is often made up of ingredients that dogs do not need, like grain, corn, and additives. Not only are these ingredients (fillers) not nutritious for dogs, but they often make up the bulk of cheap dog food.
Dogs are carnivores, which means they need a diet full of meat. However, not all dogs are the same, and their diet needs can vary depending on their age, health, and activity level. Oils, organ meat, vegetables, and vitamins can all be an important part of a dog’s diet, and responsible owners know this.
6. People Who Don't Consider A Dog Has Lungs
I see this one a lot. Especially with older men and their little Shih Tzu's. They are driving down the road with their windows rolled up, and the old man is smoking his life away. The poor dog doesn't have a choice in the matter, and the owner doesn't really care. (I also see this with little kids in the car.)
A dog is made up some the same stuff we are. They have teeth that need to be cared for. They have a stomach, heart, and brain, and they have lungs. I used to smoke, but I knew enough to keep it to myself and spare my dogs the toxins that I knew were bad for me and them.
"There have been a number of scientific papers recently that have reported the significant health threat secondhand smoke poses to pets," MacAllister said. "Secondhand smoke has been associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, as well as lung cancer in birds."- Livescience
Quit smoking before you get a dog, or at least plan to smoke away from your dog so they don't have to suffer the same effects without a choice.
Dogs Deserve Responsible Owners
In conclusion, there are a lot of people that shouldn’t own dogs but do. Owning a dog should be a privilege, not a right, as they are lives that become dependent on us for proper care and happiness when we accept one into our lives.
I noticed that someone thought this article was funny. That person should not own a dog. I can't even imagine the mentality someone would need to have to think that it is funny that I am talking about caring and being compassionate for another life.
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