I finally went and got this mod for the dogs. Guessing what dogs need in the game gets old when there are so many other things going on.
For us who have dogs in the real world, we know dogs are clear about their wants and needs. At least our dogs have always told us!
I went to find other footage of how things were without this mod, though I could not find any for the dogs were part of the family but we were unable to select them.
The mod was updated it looks like in 2019, it clearly still works in 2023. There is a notice on the mod page so read it and make your choice after doing so. The link I used to this mod is https://sims4studio.com/post/89311/