Some people may argue that dog owners love their dogs too much. As a dog owner myself, I even look at other dog owners and their actions toward their canine companions and think alright, that’s a little excessive. At the end of the day they are dogs, but they’re also man’s best friend. So what exactly is excessive?
I strongly believe that dogs should be spoiled in one specific, certain way, but first I want to share a story that properly illustrates losing touch with reality when it comes to a dog. It was a sunny, summer day and my friend and I were conducting a home–run, wiffle ball derby in his front yard. We set up the field perfectly! Things were going great.
After a couple of rounds, my buddy’s Boston terrier, Louie, laid down in between the pitching mound and home plate, and we thought, “No big deal; it’s a wiffle ball.” As my buddy goes to pitch to me, suddenly his dad interrupted him. “What’re you doing?” We responded, “Having a home-run derby.” To which his father replied, “With Louie laying there?” Now my buddy is doing the talking at this point, and he says, “We’ll move him.” There was a pause, and I could tell by his dad’s face that was not the correct answer. In an authoritative, not-messing-around tone, his father says, “No, you’ll move.”
Alright, good talk. Also, this wiffle ball game was last week.
The point to my tangent? It was too much. Louie is a dog, and the more logical approach would have been to make the dog move. I hope you and I agree on that.
I am all in on being the absolute best owner you can be to your loyal companion.
Let your dog sleep with you. It can be tough for some people for multiple reasons. Not even all our contributors agree on this point. I get it; dogs are dirty, and they shed, but the benefits drastically outweigh the negatives.
Nothing is better to me than when my dog knows it’s bedtime, and he’s already laying on the bed with his head facing the door, tail moving like a windshield wiper on the comforter, waiting for you to snuggle up. His head on my chest, this nightly routine eases me peacefully into catching some much desired Z’s. My girlfriend and I snuggle less now, but that’s a topic for another blog.
So now onto the negatives. Some solutions can help. Put a sheet over your comforter to keep hair and dirt isolated to the outside. Crawling into clean sheets is a must for me and this barrier helps. Bathe your dog regularly with a shampoo that promotes healthy skin. I love Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Dog Shampoo. It allows for regular bathing without drying out the pup’s skin.
Also, regular brushing helps keep the shedding at bay. I’ve found that the Top Paw Shedding Blade works really well. It removes the hair without having to constantly unclog the brush. Keep your dog clean, and let the furry baby sleep with you. A little dirt never killed anybody, and we need to build up our immune systems anyway.
By Dylan Miller
What do you do to make your dog feel special? What do you think is completely over the top
Photo by Erik Stine.