Individuals who are not dog parents often find it challenging to comprehend the bond that exists between dogs and their companions. It’s difficult for them to understand the connection & love that dog parents share with their dogs.
And it’s completely okay, it’s like having a baby; one does not understand until they have their own. But it’s also important to understand that this does not give them the right to be insensitive or aggressive towards dog parents.
Hence, here’s an insightful guide for all the non-dog parents to know more about the realm of dog parenting.
Step 1: Respect Their Bond:
The first step is to develop compassion & understanding towards the bond that is shared by dog parents and dogs. Majority of dog parents consider dogs as a valuable family member. Therefore, recognizing this bond is essential and central to understanding the irreplaceable value dogs hold in the lives of pet parents.
Step 2: Engage and Interact:
Attend dog-friendly events and gatherings where dog parents and canine enthusiasts assemble to catch sight of the companionship between dogs and their owners. Interact with them to know more about their experiences, challenges and happy times.
You can also clear your doubts and share your perspectives to let dog parents know what precautions to take with someone who might not be comfortable with dogs. It promotes mutual understanding and tolerance by negating the existing gaps.
Step 3: Respect Their Boundaries:
Dog parents are familiar with the stimulus that might trigger their dog’s anxiety or aggression. They often take precautions to ensure everyone’s safety around their dogs. Hence, if a dog parent declines your request to pet, engage or interact with their dog, respect their boundaries.
Take your time to read about basic dog behavior based on their breeds and need to further understand how to approach a dog.
Step 4: Consider Their Schedule:
Taking care of a dog demands a lot of time, effort and resources. It's not just about providing them food and taking them out for walks but a number of vet visits, grooming appointments, and training sessions.
The next time a pet parent you know fails to turn up for gatherings, understand that being a pet parent comes at the cost of a flexible schedule that can be taken over by their dogs.
Step 5: Appeal for Inclusivity:
Encourage awareness about pet laws and support pet parents in their appeal for inclusivity in public spaces and community spots. Read about policies and initiatives that promote spaces to be welcoming of dog parents who wish to enjoy with their furry companions.
This facilitates a platform for open dialogue between dog owners and non-dog parents to discuss their issues and find common ground.
Woof, that’s all. These simple five steps will enable you to not only understand dogs but also be a better friend. Peaceful coexistence is possible only if both dog parents and non-dog parents contribute mutually. In this process, patience plays a part for both.