Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you noticed that Americans love their pets and spend a lot of money on them?

They even consider them a part of the family. Luckily, this makes the topic of pets a great way to start a conversation in English with an American person!

Today you’ll learn about American pet trends and why Americans are so close to their pets!

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How do Americans feel about their pets?

They are just like a family member.

The dog is not considered a farm animal that is separate from humans.

Most pets live inside the house in the United States or at least they spend the night inside the house. The pet might go out during the day.

Some people in the US might feel lonely.

Maybe that’s why they like to have a pet around the house to keep them company.

We also use dogs as service dogs for blind people.

People in big cities also use their dog as a way to start a conversation with other dog owners, especially in a large city.


What is a designer dog?

Designer dogs are bred to be a combination of certain types of dogs. Some people have “puggles.”

A puggle is a combination of a beagle and a pug. Some people have “labradoodles.”

A labradoodle is a combination of a labrador and a poodle.

These dogs are expensive. Some people pay between $500 and $1,000 for a designer dog.


Americans like to dress their dogs up

We put sweaters, boots, and even raincoats on our dogs sometimes.

We also dress our dogs up for Halloween.

Some people buy health insurance for their dog.

Some people send their dog to “doggie daycare.”


There are no wild dogs in the US

Most dogs have a home in the US.

If there is a wild dog (very rare), the animal control professionals come and take the dog to a shelter.


What is the attitude toward dogs in your country?

Please share your point of view in the comments?

Let’s have a conversation!

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