What are some family oriented dogs
Most of our dogs at home do this job without us recognizing it as a real job: the family dog. Dogs are a great asset and bring joy and warmth into the house. No wonder that more and more families are getting on the dog and are particularly happy to see their children grow up together with a four-legged friend.
To what extent is “family dog” a job?
From a human point of view, the family dog seems to have hit the jackpot, it can overslept most of the day, constantly receives attention from a family member and is usually right in the middle of the action. But is that so wonderful from a dog's point of view? You can hardly answer that in general, because every dog is different and has different needs. Many four-legged friends would quickly look for an undesirable alternative occupation if they were hardly mentally busy and were given no task. Another character is happy as long as he is in his beloved, familiar home among his family.
So being a family dog is not something for every dog. A family dog must also fulfill a task and have characteristics for this, similar to a drug detection dog or a guide dog. Sure, our fur nose did not have to go through any demanding training or exams at home, but our four-legged friend still has to prove itself every day in a very special way and adapt to our often turbulent everyday life.
The everyday life of a family dog
Everyday life can look very different depending on the family constellation. But mostly there is a lot of "action". The children go to play, birthdays are celebrated or the master / mistress is at work. During the day there is a lot of coming and going and often unknown visitors come to the house. The four-legged friend is confronted every day with a multitude of stimuli with which he has to come to terms from the beginning.
The future family member
If you want to take a dog into your loving family, it should have some qualities that make it easier for both sides to live together later. First of all, you should consider how much activity and mental activity you can offer your dog. It doesn't matter if you can assess that you cannot be active with your four-legged friend for several hours in the dog sports club or take long walks every day. It doesn't matter at all, as long as you are honest with yourself and don't want a working dog that needs a job in order not to “die” from boredom.
There are many breeds and colorful mixes that are happy about a daily routine that is calm for them. That means, of course, that you still have to plan enough time for basic upbringing and "normal" activities for your dog in addition to everyday family life in order to do justice to this. A family dog should be well socialized, friendly, and patient. A very vigilant, territorial dog could become problematic when visitors arrive, and a dog with a low inhibitory threshold can quickly become explosive with children. The top rule for the coexistence of dog and child, however, always remains, no matter how fond of children the four-legged friend is: Dog and child never remain alone unsupervised!
If you want to counteract possible tensions in general, your dog should definitely be given a place of retreat where he will not be disturbed. The best thing to do is to put a basket in a quieter corner of the room and explain to your children that they have to respect it if your four-legged friend is looking for a little break from family affairs in his basket. Set up the little rule: If the dog lies in this basket, he will not be disturbed by anyone and will simply be ignored.
Life with a dog is something wonderful and with the help of such small rules, it becomes an absolute enrichment for all family members. Children in particular benefit from living together with animals - dogs teach them loyalty, a sense of responsibility and love in a very natural way. At an early age, they can easily take on smaller tasks and learn that it is part of taking responsibility.
Kristina Ziemer-Falke is a certified dog trainer and behavioral advisor by the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Veterinarians and the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. In addition, she has many additional training and specializations and is on the examination board of the Lower Saxony Veterinary Chamber for dog trainer certifications.
Together with her husband Jörg Ziemer, she founded the training center Ziemer & Falke, in which they have been training dog trainers all over Germany with a lot of passion, passion and competence and offering many further training offers for many years. Many also know Kristina as a successful author of specialist books for dog trainers and dog owners as well as from articles in popular dog magazines.
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