Pets are known to have many different effects on their owners. Pets have the ability to lighten up someone’s day and make them forget about their stress from school and work. Many people enjoy having pets in their homes. Different types of pets offer unique experiences for their masters. With most animals there comes a classification of different breeds that one can choose from, as well. Some of the more commonly seen pets in America would have to include dogs, cats, reptiles, fish, and birds.
Within each species there are many different breeds for an owner to choose from. What helps determine a compatible candidate for being someone’s house pet? If one hopes to gain a better understanding for what it means to have a pet and take care of one, this is where they want to be. The causes for wanting a pet will differ for everyone. For some it is a family tradition to have a pet. For others they could have just looked in through a window at a pet store and fell in love with the animal they saw. Everybody has their own reason for wanting a pet, and that is okay.
What matters is that when so-and-so decides to own a pet, they need to have the pet’s best interest in mind and raise it as if a child. Different dogs, for instance, come with different capabilities. Someone who likes to go hunting might find the instinct and loyalty of a greyhound handy when it comes to finding that kill. Someone who likes to go outdoors a lot would like a dog that is active and energetic, possibly a Labrador retriever would suit them well. Ladies that are into fashion might want a dog with its own fashion statement, such as a poodle.
These are all different causes for one to want a pet because they can help better the owner’s life as well as the dog’s life too. Some dogs unfortunately, do not come with a smile but rather with a difficult past. Often pets at local shelters and veterinary clinics have a tendency of being more loud or aggressive. Some of us like to assume we know why a dog acts a certain way, but other times we do not know. Sometimes it can be hard to determine the cause of a pet’s emotions. All we can do is rehabilitate them and give them a better life.
In reference from an observational study made by Dr. Karen Overall, “I do not doubt that people could make problem dogs worse, and some people, or situations, could render the most normal and appropriate of dogs problematic. However, until we understand more about gene X environment interactions, the question of cause will be open” (1998). We still have a lot to learn about some animals on this planet. We already know a lot about many animals on this planet at the same time. For instance, we all know as humans that a hamster would be a nice pet to keep in a cage and feed.
A mountain lion, however, would cause problems in a typical suburban household. This is due to the mountain lion’s carnivorous instincts it naturally develops. Hamsters do not have carnivorous instincts. Once someone finds a pet that they keep, however, the benefits that one will enjoy are truly indescribable. The feelings and self-reward one gets from raising a pet of their own is great. Many people experience great joy from the effects of raising an animal. “It’s funny how a simple creature like a dog can cause so much emotion.
The bond between human and animal can be one of life’s greatest experiences. People who don’t have pets can’t understand the depth of feeling owners have for their animals” (Charles, 2006). The feelings are even known to spread to the workplace. It can be tricky to bring pets into work environments for a number of reasons. The work environment could be unsafe or possess unsafe equipment for pets, other employees could have possible allergies, and pets can cause a distraction for people who are trying to finish their work.
These are just a few of the reasons that pets are normally not seen in a work place. However, there are still places that like the idea of pets in the work space and how it can also benefit a working community. According to The American Pet Products Manufacturers, “Seventy-three percent indicated that having pets in the workplace has led to a more creative environment; 73% reported increased productivity; 27% had a decreased absenteeism rate; 58% experienced an increased willingness to work late; and a full 100% said they plan to continue allowing employees to bring animals to work” (Cook, 2001).
Those are some positive statistic reports coming from the great state of California. Pets seem to have a very positive effect on the workers who do get to experience the energy of an animal around them. Businesses that have the capabilities of allowing pets in the area should consider so if possible. All that it takes is deciding on the right pet that can accommodate the necessary requirements for the CEO to approve on (no barking, no shedding, neutered/spayed, etc. ). Many business owners are out to seek unique ways in which to increase their workers’ productivity.
Pets bring up a very strong argument from a cause-and-effect standpoint to help show a business owner how beneficial an animal could be for its company. However, some owners can become excessive with their spending habits towards their pets. People who are naive about animals can be prone to lavishing their pets with expensive commodities. It is important to understand the limitations when being an owner because when a pet becomes spoiled, they become used to it. When the amount of attention goes down from the owner after years of affection, the pet (dogs especially) becomes grumpy.
Sometimes owners tend to go a little bit out of their way to accommodate for what they think their pet would want. “Frustrated when he couldn’t “find enough cool stuff” for his cats at pet stores, he rooted out expensive and bizarre products at specialty shops and trade shows. An “executive kitty home” — in Victorian, Georgian, or Colonial style — covered with catnip-scented carpet can be had for $400; a four-story pagoda-style “cat castle” with a sleeping sling, dining room, and playroom sells for $1,500” (Fletcher, 1997). It is hard to believe how commodities such as those existed back in 1997.
Imagine what kind of exquisite furniture one could purchase for their pets in today’s world, 16 years later. If one ever noticed a relative or friend exhibit any signs of unhealthy spending on their pets, they should be confronted about their spending habits. Such as the quote demonstrates in the previous paragraph, people tend to go “all-out” on their pets when presented the opportunity (catnip-scented carpet, really? ). This is only to say that if in dire circumstances this individual was going through financial woes and still could not control their spending habits on their pets they should be approached.
It reaches a certain point when their safety becomes at stake such as facing eviction or foreclosure from not making payments. Then not only is that person’s safety at stake, but the pet he/she cares for is also put on the line. This is an example of a negative effect that pets can have on their owners. For most pet owners there is nothing but joy that comes from having their pets in their homes. For others they still experience the same joy as us, they just develop subliminal habits from owning the pets as a result. Sometimes people just need to be gently approached about some of the things that they might be doing that isn’t healthy.
Habits that develop such as hoarding, overspending, re-prioritizing, and mood swings are indicators that something might be going on. Don’t be afraid to ask a relative/friend about their relationship with their pet if it comes off as concerning. People need to be there for each other as pet owners in order to ensure that we are all raising our pets in a healthy manner in the same communities. One uneducated owner could potentially raise an animal improperly (not knowing it) and accidentally set it loose on the public one day.
If the pet were to escape from the owner’s grasp and run towards another civilian it could cause trouble. This is especially true if the pet is not socialized enough with other people/animals. Everyone can all do their part as co-existing members of our communities to help ensure that pets get the homes they deserve with the right owners. If there is a local animal shelter or dog rescue nearby one should check it out and see if there is anything that can be done to help. There are surprisingly a lot of pets in shelters that are relatively trained right out of the gate.
I have met people who think that most dogs and cats are undisciplined and not potty trained. The truth however is that most of the animals that come into shelters and rescues had previous owners. There will always be that one animal seen and known not to adopt, but don’t dismiss all rescue animals that can be found in a shelter. Take a chance and do something for a living being that will show unconditional love for getting them out of that cage in the shelter. In the end, each pet offers its own experience. Sometimes an owner will be stubborn with choosing a furry companion until they actually meet one face-to-face.
Others will already know what type of pet they will want before they get it. Their father and grandfather could have owned a greyhound, so why not they own one as well? The cause for each person wanting to get a pet is different and can vary. One common effect that most people get from pets is that it is a fun, humbling, unique experience that cannot be replicated by simply reading a book on the subject. There is a saying that one cannot learn dodge ball by reading it out of a book, one has to actually get on the court and experience the game itself.