Matchmaking: Finding Your Dog’s Friend
What to do when you want to find your dog’s best friend
Are you your dog’s best friend? Of course you are. However, your dog might get used to just playing with you, even to your touches and your loving cuddles. A man can be a dog’s friend, but dogs should socialize with other dogs too.
Unfortunately, if left with little socialization, your dog may grow wary of other people and other dogs. And the more you isolate your dog from other dogs, the more he or she will grow bored and suspicious of others. That could pose a problem for you and for other people—or dogs.
Dogs are social in nature, and they always go in packs. As much as they love their owners, they need to go outside and play. One thing you could do for them is to find them a perfect playmate—your dog’s new friend, that is. But don’t worry, though. Dogs will forever be loyal to their masters, and they will love you to the ends of the earth.
Matching your dog . . .
A dog’s social life is pretty much like a human’s—not every dog can be their best friend. Dogs, too, have their own personalities, each of which has their own preferences in dealing with other behaviors. But it does not necessarily mean that your Labs should just socialize with other Labs, although breed-to-breed socialization would be ideal. So maybe you might want to hold on to these tips to help you find a desirable playmate for your dog.
According to size
Dog size matters. You can’t risk your Chihuahua getting trampled by an even larger Great Dane. Although sometimes a smaller dog could play with a much larger dog, the fun should always come with close supervision.
Surprisingly, each dog has their own play style. Some like to chase, while others like to wrestle. And the ones that like to wrestle typically do not want to be chased and vice versa. So you might want to get to know your pooch’s play style first before finding your dog’s new best friend.
Old people cannot relate very much with young people. Why? Because they have tastes, interests, and principles different from the younger ones. Similarly, this is true when it comes to dog play. Older dogs tend to spend their days lying next to the fireplace while younger ones go on daily romps in backyards. So it’s worth noting that your dog should just socialize with pooches of his or her age.
Dog apps you might want to try
Have you ever used Tinder? The Internet has made pretty much everything in this world easier, including matchmaking. And they have made dating apps for dogs too. Apps like PoochPal and MeetMyDog make it easier for you to find a potential partner for your pooch. And who knows? With these apps, maybe you could find one for yourself (talking about other owners, of course).
For dogs, as man’s best friend, it could be selfish for us to just keep them to ourselves. Let your dogs play with other pooches for them to release their excess energy, which could benefit their overall physical and mental health. Finding their playmates should not be hard, and all it takes is to know your dogs well and be patient when pairing them with others. With the help of modern technology, looking for your dog’s buddy should be a walk in the park.
Do you have any other helpful suggestions that you think might make it easier to find your dog’s new best friend? I’d love to know your thoughts on this topic. Feel free to share them by leaving a message or through my Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads profiles. Please do check out my book, A Spiritual Dog: “Bear” as well.
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