The saying goes that "dogs are a man's best friend." This is indeed true. They are loyal, affectionate, intelligent and will love you unconditionally. There are many benefits to having a dog as a pet. Of course, naturally, with the good comes the bad; there are both advantages and disadvantages of owning a dog. As is with any animal, it is not all fun and games. It is up to you to decide whether a dog is the right pet for you.
Dogs make great companions. They are always there for you, always willing to play and run around or just sit quietly beside you. They will love you no matter what and they do not judge you. After a hard day at school or work, your dog will be ready waiting to greet you with its tail happily wagging and perhaps a wet, sloppy kiss. Dogs can lift your mood when you are down and comfort you when you are lonely. They are especially good pets for the elderly to keep as they may live alone and feel isolated by themselves, so owning a dog is a good option.
Advantage: Health Benefits
There are many health benefits to having dogs as pets. They require regular exercise, such as going for walks, runs in the park or playing games such as fetch or frisbee. This will keep you very fit and have positive impacts on your lifestyle and health. Your fitness levels will improve and your heart will become healthier as a result.
Dogs are good burglar deterrents. They can provide protection by barking when strangers approach to let you know someone is nearby. A thief will be less likely to target your home if there is a barking dog, as this will alert you or your neighbours of the thief's intrusion on your property, and the thief would not want to risk the attempt to burgle a house if he knows there is a chance he could get caught. Dogs provide a sense of safety.
One downside to having dogs as pets is that they are very expensive to keep. You need to buy them food, pay for vaccines, sterilisation, soaps and shampoo, medicine if they get sick and even surgery expenses for accidents or health problems the dogs may face in their lives.
Disadvantage: Time Commitments
Owning a dog is a big responsibility. It requires a lot of time spent, such as taking the dog for regular walks to get exercise, making sure he gets fed on time, bathing him, playing with him and giving him attention to keep him happy. Dogs need your constant love and care, which requires substantial time commitments on your part.