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Top 6 Myths Of Pet-Owning

You think you’ve got this pet-owning thing down, don’t you? But here are a few debunked myths that may surprise you…or at least get you thinking.

1. MYTH: I can’t have a big dog in a small home.

Dogs are not size centric; they are time centric. You don’t need a big space for a larger dog. If you can commit a lot of time to your pet, it doesn’t matter how big your home is or how big your pet is.

2. MYTH: You shouldn’t eat with your pets.

We’re not saying you should split a cheeseburger and fries with your dog and cat, but one of the best ways to bond with your pet is over social settings and the most popular social setting is during a meal.

3. MYTH: Nobody understands the love between me and my pet.

Yes, your bond with your pet is extremely unique, but did you know that the human-animal bond has actual science behind it? The amount of oxytocin (the cuddling hormone) goes up and cortisol (the stress hormone) goes down after you have played with a pet.

4. MYTH: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

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It’s never too late to start training.

5. MYTH: Indoor pets won’t be affected by fleas or ticks.

Just because kitty isn’t playing outside in the yard, doesn’t mean she is immune to the fleas and ticks that roam. Another pet could bring them into your home and heartworm is spread through mosquitos, so it’s best to always be prepared.

6. MYTH: There is only one breed that is perfect for me.

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Bringing a pet into your home is a serious commitment and should be thought about significantly. And while you may have a preferred breed, it’s important you first think about the S.E.T group of rules first: social, exercise and time. Only when you take into consideration the social nature, the exercise requirements and time commitments of the dog will you then find your perfect match.

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