Taking on a new dog is big commitment, and until you go through the process, you can’t begin to understand just how much it takes over your life. But the hard work is most definitely worth it, and raising a puppy is a wonderful time, even if it is challenging at times.
One thing a lot of people don’t notice is how much this impacts your relationship with your other half. Getting a puppy or a rescue dog is a bit like taking on a child, or a new member of your family at least. Here are six ways that bringing up a dog can strengthen your relationship.
- Dealing with difficult decisions
When you have a dog, you have to make some tough decisions on behalf of your pooch. For example, if they become ill, you will have to decide on the best treatment for them. Your vet will advise you, but ultimately it’s your decision. This is good training for later on in your relationship when you will no doubt have to make other hard decisions together. You have to communicate and discuss how you both feel in order to reach a conclusion.
- Working as a team
Taking care of a dog means working together to ensure you meet their every need. That means walking them, feeding them, grooming them, taking them to the vet and sometimes cleaning up after you pooch has had an accident. It shouldn’t all be one sided, you should both help each other out and step in when your dog needs looking after. Having a dog also shapes your daily routine, and gives you each jobs to carry out. It’s a great way to learn to share your responsibilities as a couple and pitch in when necessary.
- Enjoying precious moments
Take a second to think about all the funny, heartwarming and entertaining moments you have shared with your dog. Your dog could be directly involved in the moment, or they may have been sitting in the background witnessing an important milestone.
As a couple, spending time enjoying the company of each other and your dog really brings you together. You’ve probably laughed together plenty of times at your dog’s antics, or you might have shared a moment of concern or sadness when your dog gets injured or ill. You can create so many precious memories together with Fido that will last a lifetime.
- Being responsible for something
A dog might be one of the first things you both own that is your joint responsibility. Sharing this responsibility makes you both feel stronger and closer as a couple. Your mutual love and fondness towards your canine companion is a wonderful thing. It’s like being a proud parent. When your dog does something impressive, you both feel a huge sense of pride. You’ve trained and brought up this dog yourselves and your joint effort counts towards how your pooch turns out.
- Dogs can diffuse arguments
Have you ever felt an argument brewing between you and your partner, and suddenly your dog does something that distracts you? Perhaps they act like a clown and make you laugh, or even bark at you because they don’t like the tension. Lots of couples report their dog has a way of brightening a situation and diffusing arguments before they really bed in. Dogs just help us to see the brighter side of life and realise some things aren’t worth quarrelling over.
- Getting you out and about
When you have a dog, you have to get out and walk them every single day. Which means you and your partner get to spend quality time together in the great outdoors. Having a dog forces you to go out walking when you feel like you can’t be bothered. And you always enjoy the walk afterwards. Sometimes it takes getting out the house and being around nature to spark some romance or even just a much needed conversation.