I want to build a Personal Assistant for Dog Owners as I feel services are fragmented. I want to know what are the top concerns of dog owners such as training, vet appointments.
Hello! Thanks for your question about the top concerns of dog owners. The short version is that behavior and training, feeding/food concerns, grooming, health concerns, vaccinations, dental health, traveling, dangerous breeds and breed specific laws are the top concerns expressed by dog owners. Below you will find a deep dive of my findings.
To find the information you requested, I first searched for a list of top concerns. I was unable to find one list from a reputable source, so I started searching and looking for the most commonly mentioned concerns. I encountered several concerns many times through different searches of trusted media sites. Using those trusted sites, I was able to determine which concerns were the top concerns based on how often they were encountered or mentioned.
BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING
According to The Dog Daily, dog owners report barking, chewing, jumping up, jumping on furniture, begging for food, digging, showing a fear of noises, being overprotective of family and property and escaping from the yard are their top behavior concerns. Training dogs to not engage in these behaviors is possible but sometimes requires the help of a good trainer. Trainers can be certified professional dog trainers, certified applied animal behaviorists, certified veterinary behaviorists, and a wide range of people with various levels of training, skill and experience who call themselves trainers. When looking for a trainer for dogs, asking questions and observing the trainer in action with other dogs are key.
A dog's diet is crucial to helping ensure a dog stays healthy. Dogs should be fed premium-quality dry dog food. While the number of times a puppy should be fed a day varies with age, dogs should be fed only once. If you have a large dog or a dog that frequently suffers from bloating, two smaller meal is recommended in place of one large one. Some "people" foods can be harmful and even deadly for dogs. Broth, cottage cheese, cooked egg, or fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs to eat but the amount they eat should be limited to, at most, 10% of their daily diet.
Grooming is an important aspect of dog care. The number of baths a dog needs varies according to factors such as the texture of the dog’s hair and its activity level. Regular brushing of a dog’s hair can help reduce the number of baths that will need to be given. Before bathing, all mats should be combed out. If they are so tangled that they can’t be combed out, then they should be carefully cut out. Some dogs don’t like to be groomed so always be aware of the dog’s demeanor and use safety measures like muzzle and gentle restraints. If grooming your dog is not something you choose to do, look for a qualified, reliable groomer that is accredited by the Dog Groomers Association of America.
According to a Cost of Pet Care 2016 report, stomach problems caused by eating human foods such as chocolate and other sweets that are harmful and even deadly, eye and ear infections skin conditions and pain are common causes of illnesses and vet visits. Advanced treatment options made possible with expensive new technologies have driven costs up to the point that some procedures for dogs now cost more than they do for people. Labrador retrievers, Cocker spaniels, English bulldogs, and Yorkshire terriers are dogs that tend to have more health problems than most.
Vaccinations are necessary to protect dogs from diseases. There are four core vaccinations that recommended, and in many places, legally required for dogs. Those four are for preventing rabies, distemper, hepatitis/adenovirus, and parvovirus. Additional, non-core vaccinations for diseases such Lyme Disease and Canine Influenza among others are available. Often, combinations vaccines or a single shot containing more than one vaccine can be given.
According to the American Kennel Club, there are five methods can be used to keep your dog's teeth clean and healthy. One is brushing your dog's teeth using toothpaste specifically made for dogs. A second is rubbing tooth wipes against your dog's teeth. You can give your dog dental treats and dog chews and finally, you can take your dog to have its teeth professionally cleaned by a veterinarian.
Traveling with a dog by car or by airplane can be a huge concern.
There are a few precautions you can take when traveling by car to help ensure the safety of your dog. If your dog isn't used to long rides, help him get accustomed to them by taking shorter rides that get a little longer each time. Make sure you are using a crate or carrier that is both well-ventilated and safe. Pack a doggie travel kit that contains everything you pet will need for the trip such as food, bottled water, dishes, etc. Finally, never leave your dog alone and unattended in a car.
If your dog must travel by airplane, take these actions to help ensure his safety. First, book a direct flight to your destination, if possible. If a direct flight is not possible, try to book one with the fewest number of layovers. Then buy a USDA-approved travel crate and label it clearly in an area that is easy to see. Finally, tell every airport employee you encounter both on the ground and on the airplane that your dog is traveling with you in the cargo hold.
Some dog breeds are stronger, more aggressive, stronger-willed, and sometimes just more unpredictable than others. Some breeds have gained a bad reputation because of these characteristics, especially the really aggressive ones. Dog Notebook has compiled a list of the 25 most dangerous dogs. Some dogs such as Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Wolf-Hybrids, to name a few, have been determined to be so dangerous that many insurance companies will not sell insurance policies to people who own them.
BREED SPECIFIC LAWS
Individual municipalities in 42 states have laws governing specific breeds of dogs. The most common action is banning the breed from the municipality. The most commonly affected breed is the Pitbull. Other breeds affected include Rottweilers, American Bulldogs, and any breed classified as a fighting dog. In California, mandatory sterilization of certain breeds including Pitbulls and Chihuahuas is the law in many municipalities. A total of 14 states have breed specific laws against Pitbulls that have been upheld as constitutional by Appellate Courts. Breed specific laws are not just an American thing. Countries including Canada, Germany, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and France have breed specific laws in place.
To wrap it up, behavior and training, feeding/food concerns, grooming, health concerns, vaccinations, dental health, traveling, dangerous breeds and breed specific laws are the top concerns expressed by dog owners. Thanks for using Wonder! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!