The Lowchen breed dog is believed to have been developed as a companion animal, and they desire human attention and affection, particularly from their favorite person. Unfortunately for these bright and social little dogs, the constant contact that they desire is not always possible and most pet parents must leave home without their canine companions on occasion. Enrolling your pooch in a doggie daycare when you are going to be away from home for more than a few hours not only helps to prevent separation anxiety, it also helps to ensure that your dog is well socialized with other canines, particularly if doggie daycare is started when the pup is young.
Lowchens, in general, tend to be rather healthy animals with very few diseases that are related to their genetics. They are, however, more prone to dental disorders that many other breeds, a problem that can often be avoided by brushing their teeth on a regular basis. While veterinarians recommend brushing your canine’s teeth on a daily basis, most pet parents find it to be a difficult chore, particularly as many dogs don’t enjoy the process. Getting into the habit of brushing your canine’s teeth on a regular basis not only keeps their teeth white and sparkling and keeps their breath fresh, but it can also extend their lives by helping to prevent bacterial and viral infections.
While service dogs and emotional support animals primarily benefit a single individual over a longer period of time, a therapy dog has a broader focus. The therapy dog and their handler make visits to schools, nursing homes, and hospitals providing comfort and unconditional love to several people, each over a fairly short period of time. Therapy dogs are frequently brought to scenes of trauma as well, therapy dogs provided comfort to the survivors at Sandy Hook Elementary, people dealing with the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, and have even been known to assist witnesses in court, giving them the emotional support to make their statements on the stand. While becoming a therapy dog does require some basic training and certification, this can usually be achieved in just a few months instead of the years of training required to become a service dog. The sweet nature of these dogs combined with their natural warmth makes the Lowchen excellent therapy dog as long as they are well socialized to avoid shyness or nervousness.