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The Compelling Advantages of Dog Ownership

by Jon & Suzan Busch ®Realtor/e-Pro/Certified Marco Island Specialist 12/30/2018

Statistics vary, but according to two credible sources, 44% of Americans own a dog. That means that if you don't own a dog, there's a strong chance one or both of your next door neighbors do!

Why are dogs such a permanent fixture in so many households? Unconditional love is probably the number one reason most people bring a dog into their lives, but enhanced health, home security, and companionship are others.

Health benefits: If you have a dog in your family, you probably already know the power of the "w" word. From a dog's perspective, there are few experiences that outrank the joy of going for a walk with their master! It not only provides a daily bonding experience for both dog and owner, but it's also an opportunity to introduce a moderate amount of exercise into your life -- assuming your doctor approves! While running, athletics, or weight training is not up everyone's alley (or even medically advisable), taking a leisurely stroll in the neighborhood can be a great way to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and enjoy bonding moments with your four-legged companion! It's also a proven fact that petting or playing with a dog (or cat) can help lower your blood pressure and distract you from the cares and worries of everyday life.

Teaching moments: Not only do most kids love playing with pets, but they can also benefit from learning pet responsibility, kindness, and compassion.

Home security: While it's not an infallible method of burglarproofing your house, having a dog almost always serves as a deterrent. Most dogs are inherently protective of their territory (and loved ones) and will generally bark if they sense an intruder on the property or at the front door. Since one of the last things burglars want to do is call attention to themselves, a barking dog can definitely help keep the bad guys away!

Companionship: Dogs aren't the greatest conversationalists in the world, but they can be a very comforting presence when you're reading a book, watching TV, or relaxing at home. Many also love to join you for a ride in the car, a walk in the neighborhood, or a run in the park.

While dog ownership is not for everyone, more than 40% of us could not imagine life without our canine companion(s)! They do require a lot of attention, patience, and training, but the rewards are usually well worth the effort.

If you're considering getting a dog, you can gather a lot of helpful information about dog breeds, barking tendencies, temperament, shedding, how much exercise different breeds require, and other characteristics from the American Kennel Association. To help ensure a mutually satisfying relationship between you and your dog, it also pays to sign up for a dog obedience class and go online to learn about dog behavior, crate training, and health maintenance.

About the Author

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Jon & Suzan Busch ®Realtor/e-Pro/Certified Marco Island Specialist
Born in Chicago, IL and lived in the Northwest Suburbs. Moved to Tempe, AZ to attend college at Arizona State University. Graduated with Cum Laude Honors93'. My 9-year previous career was mostly in Law Enforcement with the Attorney General's Office, Phoenix Police Dept., and The Maricopa County adult probation Department. Over 19 years ago, I moved to Marco Island to enjoy a lifestyle and pursue a career as a Realtor®. I started my real estate profession by working as an assistant to a Top Producer for over one year to gain valuable experience. During the past 19 years, selling real estate has become my passion. I have since become a Top Producer myself for the past 18years and ranked #25 in total sales for the State of Florida within the Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty network 2015. I am committed to old-fashioned customer service, integrity, and professionalism. Awarded"Five-Star Customer Service Real Estate Agent" by Gulfshore LifeMagazine 14 years in a row. Numerous references are available upon request of my satisfied past and current clients. In June of 2016, Suzan retired from a 25 year career in women’s retail and joined her husband Jon Busch in his Real Estate business. Suzan was a District Sales Manager for White House-Black Market traveling to stores in Florida, the Caribbean, and at times all over the Southeastern United States. Her work life was all about being in the field traveling and managing up to 72 stores. She worked with her Store Teams to maintain the corporate vision and customer service level they are known for. As a native of Collier County, it was a dream job for someone growing up in such a small town (Naples) area! After 25 years it was time for something new and what better way to transition from selling women’s clothing and customer service than to go straight into selling Real Estate. It has been an amazing transition. Interacting with our customers is the best part! She has gotten her Marco Island Specialist Certification and loves to do Open Houses. She is great at meeting new people, getting to know them and helping them find their Marco Island dream home and life style! *Awarded #25 Realtor in the BHHS Florida Realty network in total sales for 2007 and 2015! •Certified Fine Homes Specialist, Property Disclosure, Fair Housing, real estate and Anti-trust. •Winner of Leading Edge Award for 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016,and 2017. Honor Society Award for 2001,2002, and 2010. Winner of Chairman Circle Gold Award (top 2% of Realtors) for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and2015. •Realtor Board member of the Professional Standards Committee, since 2002. •Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies, Minor in Pre-Medicine, Cum Laude Honors at Arizona State University, 1993. •Ed Klopfer Real Estate School Graduate 1999. •Advisory Board Member for Marco Island Prudential Florida Realty Office 2001,2004, 2005. •President Circle Award for top 2% in Sales within Berkshire Hathaway Realty Florida network 2016. •Sales Leader for 1st Quarter of 2018, in the Marco Island Branch Office. Certifications and Recognitions •REALTOR® licensed salesperson •Member of the Marco Island Board of Realtors •Associate member of the Naples Board of Realtors •Member of FAR (Florida Association of Realtors) •Member of NAR (National Association of Realtors) •e-Pro Certified • Marco Island Specialist certification MIAAR on May 30, 2014