Top 3 reasons why adopting a dog can improve your social life
July 30, 2012
Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment and an experience that will affect you for the rest of your life, so obviously it's a decision that you shouldn't take lightly. However, when you're mulling over the decision to adopt a dog from a New York animal shelter, focusing on the positives could help you finally take the plunge. One of the best benefits of becoming a dog parent is the many social opportunities that your furry friend will open up to you. Consider a few of these situations that probably wouldn't happen unless you had a canine around to break the ice.
1. Everyday interactions. Caring for a dog forces you to get outside and into the public during walks and other excursions, and you'd be surprised just how easy it is to strike up a conversation with another dog parent. When you're taking your dog for a walk and your pooch happens to stop and sniff another dog, let him or her go to town! You may just meet a new friend or that special someone and begin a lasting relationship that you wouldn't have found otherwise.
2. Trips to the dog park. Whether you decide to head to a park in your neighborhood or obtain a membership at the Dog Parks at Bideawee, spending time at one of these public places will open up the doors to many new social situations. This is also a great opportunity for your canine to stretch his or her legs and cut loose for a bit, as well as interact with other dogs and make a few new friends.
3. Pet stores. Since most pet stores have open-door policies toward dogs and their parents, you can feel free to bring your companion with you during your trip. Obviously, this is a great time to meet pet parents and other like-minded people, and it could be a great place to strike up a conversation about pet care.
If you've been noticing that your social circle has been shrinking recently, adopting a dog could be one of the best ways to put yourself back out there. Before you start heading out to animal shelters and rescue groups, consider visiting Bideawee's website for a complete listing of canines up for adoption in the New York City area.