What type of dogs make good indoor house pets?
It sure would be nice to have a companion and friend for the family. This is perhaps to most common thought when thinking of bringing home a pet!
Having a puppy, or for that matter, a grown dog at home brings so much value and joy to a family. Pets are also great for empty nesters or older folks who enjoy compassion. So let's take a look at some elements of good indoor dogs.
To start with a bit of history, dogs have been mans best friend dating all the way back tot the stone ages. While most animals were hunted, dogs were actually brought in as pets into tribes and communities. This was the beginning of a dog showering of love on their masters. We will also discuss keeping you pets safe from dog hot spots.
One important consideration when selecting the breed is where do you live; a house, apartment, city, country, etc... While the general perception is that dogs want to run and need a lot of space (which is true for the majority of dogs), some breeds actually are quite happy in apartments and don't need a large yard to run in. Having said this, all dogs need daily exercise! So which type are good indoor dogs?
Indoor pets are alo prone to dog hot spots so keep them safe
There are a few considerations that you must look at; they include: size, shedding, children or no children, and amount of time spend alone. Mid sized and lap dogs obviously make great indoor pets. If you are looking for a large dog, consider a great dane as they are very calm and feel comfortable in small spaces. With respect to mid size breeds, labradors are perhaps the most popular as they have great personalities, easy to train, and are very affectionate. Other mid sized breeds that make great pets for staying indoors are Jack Russell Terriers, Beagles, Scottish Terriers, Spaniels, and Poodles (these are just the most popular so don't dismiss another breed automatically). All of these are smart and can be well trained. They generally don’t bark much which is good if you have close by neighbors. Yorkies also make a good breed for our indoor needs but some owners have reported issues with children and Yorkies if the child comes second (although I feel that this is more of a training issues.)
Now let's take a look at small dogs. Maltese, small Poodles, Terriers, Pulis, Shih Tzu, and Dachshunds are very popular.
Now let's talk about hot spots for a minute. When dog' spend a lot of time inside they are prone to develop dog hot spots on their skin so be sure to keep them very clean and if you notice excessive scratching or itching be sure to clean the infected area very good.
While there are many more dogs that make great indoor dogs, the ones listed above are generally easy to train, good with children, good watch dogs, do not shed too much (with exception of some labradors which shed if they do not get proper nutrients, and are very affectionate.
Another useful bit of information is that dogs are known for their pack instincts and “living in group type” quality. Is it true that if it gets separated from its group it may feel insecure? The answer is a definite no, dogs have been incorporated into human society for so long that they feel just a comfortable in our family as dogs did 500-years ago in their pack. Even stray dogs have street boundaries and don’t go out it. It barks at new dogs entering their boundaries. However these pact instincts still do exist and this is why it is important to properly train them so they do not become the Alpha of the family. If this happens, you will have issues. This is why training a dog, from a long term perspective, is actually more important than the breed selection. Also remeber to be awrae of the dog's hot spots and any skin problems.
Once you bring your buddy home, remember that training and exercise are the priorities! Other things to do and consider are grooming and brushing to keep shedding down. If you don't groom you will get hair on the furniture and floors! As a side note, if you are grooming on a regular basis and your dog has excessive shedding, it may be the diet, try providing your dog with digestive enzymes which will help them absorb nutrients better and cure shedding.
As far as leaving a dog alone, if they get exercise twice a day there should be no issues with leaving them home for 5-7 hours during the day. Nine our of ten times a dog will only be destructive if it is poorly trained, lacks exercise, or is neglected. In essence they are trying to tell you that their is a problem. Also, as dogs consider themselves as a part of the family they will want to participate in activities with you such a play time, sitting next to you, training, and exercise. This also conveys love to them!
Remember train your dog daily and you will have a great pet!