Affection And Your Pet
by David the Dogman
Pets are an important part of many families. A recent survey by the American
Animal Hospital Association of 1,206 pet owners in the United States and Canada
showed that more than 80 percent of the respondents were female and an
incredible 48 percent of these said they rely more on their pets than on a
spouse or child for affection.
"Pets can provide their owners with unlimited affection and unconditional
love," says Dr. Jay Geasling, president of AAHA. "In return, many
people treat them like members of the family." Significantly, 50 percent of
dog and cat owners said they had given their pets a human name such as Molly,
Sam or Max. More than 60 percent include news about their pets in their holiday
postcards, and 36 percent include a photograph of their pets with
correspondence. An amazing 27 percent said they had taken their pets to a
professional photographer to be part of family photographs or to be photographed
with "Santa Claus" or the "Easter Bunny."
Nearly 50 percent take their pets in the car on errands and 53 percent vacation
or travel with them. Twenty-Five percent blow-dry their pets after bathing them,
45 percent provide a special bed, and 75 percent buy special premium pet food.
Nearly 60 percent of pet owners said they love their pets so much that when the
pets die, they will bury them on family property. Although nearly 80 percent of
the respondents were dog owners and 61 percent cat owners, 11 percent had birds,
6 percent own "pocket pets" such as a gerbil or hamster, and 5 percent
own a reptile. Another 13 percent had other types of pets ranging from fish to
Walking in a public place with a dog is one way to ensure it is unlikely you
will be robbed. Lou Castle, an Internet friend who is head of Los Angeles Police
Dogs who has handled thousands of cases of robbery on the streets, tells me that
he has not known one victim who had a dog with them at the time.
Commitment, Firmness, but kindness.
About the Author:
Do you have any problems with your pet? Then why not send
your problem to DAVID THE DOGMAN. David
is a Canine Behaviourist who works and lives in Marbella, Spain. Tel/Fax (00345)
2883388. His web site is located at: http://www.thedogman.net.
David has his own radio and TV shows, and writes for many newspapers and
magazines. David has been working with dogs for many years and started his
career in Israel, working on the Border Police. He has been involved in all
forms of training, including air sea rescue, air scent work, and has trained
dogs for finding drugs. David has devoted the past 10 years to studying behavior
and the very passive approach. He does not use choke chains, check
chains, or any form of aggression.
David The Dogman is available for private consultations in your home, for
further details telephone; Tel; (95) 2883388