r/TooAfraidToAsk May 26 '22

Do you think suicide rates would go down if everyone had a dog? Mental Health

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u/kellydayscruff May 26 '22

Or…train the dog against doing things like that?

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u/[deleted] May 27 '22

Ha, as someone who's never owned a dog it didn't even occur to me they can be trained out of this. Does that mean all those people with poop-eating dogs just haven't trained them correctly?

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u/kellydayscruff May 27 '22

A lot of people kind of get dogs just to do it but dont make the time to properly train them or do the necessary research on the particular breed to know what they can expect. Training dogs goes a long way and its not much more complicated than instilling them with a sense of boundaries. But a trained dog is an excellent companion.

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u/Ecstatic_Objective_3 May 27 '22

Research will only get you so far on breeds. I have a Shih Tzu puppy, the third one I have owned. He is the most atypical Shih Tzu I have ever seen . He plays soccer, is obsessed with fetch, and is super high energy. And while he will cuddle with me when he is tired at the end of the day, he is not a lap dog 😂