My best friend has been annoying lately.
He won’t look me in the eye when I’m talking to him, and just a minute ago he even stuck his nose up at me when I told him lunch was ready.
I’d fixed the lunch myself – I’d even topped it with chicken and carrots. I was sure he’d give me one of his ‘thank you so much!’ looks. But he did not.
Before I continue…
Did I mention my best friend is a dog?
Cooper is his name. And he’s the reason I often wonder how people could refuse to adopt pets. Dogs are simply amazing creatures, and they have always been an integral part of my family.
With that said, I do understand that not everyone feels the same way. Some people have valid excuses to not get a dog. Here are some reasons people say they don’t want a dog, and here are some potential responses!
1. “They are very high-maintenance.”
Some people (quite correctly) believe that taking care of a dog is a high-maintenance job. They say that you have to play with them, feed them quality food, and be home to let them out.
This is all correct! Those who get dogs as pets must understand beforehand that doing so requires much time on the owner’s part.
Here is Dr. Karen Becker, a prominent authority on pet wellness, speaking about the ownership of dogs:
“Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities. A responsible pet owner commits to the relationship for the life of the pet [and] recognizes that pet ownership requires an investment of time and money.”
As a result, I think it is important to note that dogs are not suitable for every stage of life. Sometimes, people are too busy to take care of a dog, and they just don’t have enough time. Pres. Donald Trump (who is the only president in 120 years not to have had a dog in the White House) echoes my sentiment here:
“I wouldn’t mind having one [a dog], honestly, but I don’t have any time…I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel right.”
If you are reluctant about getting a dog right now, monitor your time and environmental settings, and be open to adopting a dog in the future!
Oh, one more thing…
Have you ever considered getting a cat?
It’s no secret that cats do not necessarily require as much time as dogs. Adopting a cat may be a great option for someone who believes he or she does not have enough time to take a dog on walks throughout the day and let them out at various times!
2. “I can’t walk the dog or keep the house clean!”
Here are two excuses some people use for not getting a dog: (1) they don’t have time to walk them and (2) dogs mess up the house.
As a pet owner, I can say that both of these hold water. It is certainly necessary to walk a dog – and that takes time out of the day – and dogs do tend to mess up the house, especially as puppies.
However, keep these factors in mind:
First, take a look at what Dr. Steven Gundry, a medical doctor and New York Times best-selling author of multiple books, says about dogs:
“I actually write people prescriptions for dogs, and many people have brought back that prescription framed and said that this was the best thing you ever did…dogs force you go out and walk…They force you to go out and exercise.”
Dr. Gundry is saying that a dog is a perfect pet for the exact reason some people don’t want one: it causes people to get out and exercise! Walking is great for not only your pet’s health but also your own, and having a dog to walk encourages you to go outside and take healthy strolls.
This exercise idea may be obvious to some, but what Dr. Gundry goes on to say is certainly not. It is mindblowing:
“Dogs bring a wonderful mixed microbiome into us. They are out digging through dirt and sticking their nose where it shouldn’t be, and people who have dogs have a much more diverse microbiome than people who don’t. It’s a one-two punch.”
Now, here is what he’s implying. He’s talking about the eat dirt concept. When humans are exposed to a slight amount of dirtiness, we actually develop a tolerance to germs, thus increasing our immune system. When dogs track things into the house, it can be good for our health!
Keep those two things in mind when hesitating to adopt a pet.
3. “Not at my age!”
Some people are adamant that, at their age, they should not adopt any pets.
Certainly that can be true! If your health is failing, then you’ll have trouble with pet ownership. (This is true regardless of age.)
That said, baby boomers (born 1946 – 1964) make up 37% of all pet owners. Therefore, it’s not at all uncommon to own a dog or cat during your golden years.
In case you are not sure whether or not you’re too old, here are some things to think about.
Numerous studies have shown that owning a dog or cat is great for those in advanced years. It decreases blood pressure in all ages, particularly in those 60-years-old or above, and dog walking has been associated with weight loss and fewer doctor visits.
If your health is good, then don’t let age hinder you from adopting a pet. But if you are worried that you may not be able to take care of a pooch, then that, of course, is great too!
4. “I’m not home enough…”
A common excuse among career driven individuals is that they’re not home enough. Perhaps you attend work and don’t have a significant other at the house more often. Maybe you commute to work and that simply leaves no time at the house.
Whatever the case, I believe that people who aren’t home during the day may not need get a dog. Dogs require love, attention, and walks. Not to mention water bowl fillings and times to be let out.
However, there are some ways to manage a dog even if you work full time. Extra attention when you’re at the house, distributing the proper diet, and letting your dog sleep in your bed are all ways to make sure your pet feels loved even if you’re not home a lot.
If you’re not home enough, it could be a wise decision not to adopt a dog or cat. Get a pet when it’s the right time for you and your schedule!
5. “I just don’t have enough time.”
Most reasons boil down to this excuse: I just don’t have enough time.
Whether you are hindered by work or school, you may not have enough time to adopt a dog or cat.
There is a time for everything, and some people don’t have time to get dogs at certain points. Other times, however, the opportunity will come for you to adopt a fur baby into your home!
I hope you have enjoyed this Max + Maude article!