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Choosing a Dog Breed is One Step in the Process

August 30, 20120 Comments

Learn what kind of dog would be best for the whole family

It is certainly true that certain breeds exhibit certain traits and that there are some generalizations that can be made to a breed as a whole.  But choosing a dog breed is one step in the process and should never constitute the bulk of the decision making effort.  There are many things that need to be considered and that should collectively help you to make the right choice for your family in which dog should join it.

If there is a particular breed that you are interested in then the first thing you should do is talk to people that work with or own that kind of dog.  This could mean attending dog shows or speaking with a local veterinarian or visiting a dog shelter and speaking with the staff there etc. You also want to think about where you plan to get your dog.  If you will be getting a puppy, you will also want to learn about what to look for when selecting a puppy from a litter.

Choosing a Dog Breed is One Step in the Process

When you visualize the type of dog you picture yourself living with for the next 15 years the dog’s breed is just one of the many factors you need to consider. It is a vital piece of the puzzle but merely because you pick out a breed with some qualities you desire does not automatically mean you will end up with your “perfect dog”. What it does mean is that you will probably discover a breed of dog which is compatible to you and has the potential to be everything you had hoped for. (Read more)

The personality of any dog is more important that its pedigree and should be a top decision making factor in your choice.  But you also want to think about the general size of the breed, how much it might shed, any medical issues the breed is prone to, the energy level, will the dog be okay if left alone for long periods, and is it an inside or an outside kind of dog?  Really, there are more things to think about, but hopefully you are starting to get an idea of the kinds of questions you and your family need to consider.

Selecting a dog is not a decision that should be rushed.  When you do not take the time to properly research your choices, you take the chance that you will regret your selection and then it is likely that you will end up wanting to get rid of the dog.  And when this happens, it is not the fault of the dog.  Choosing a dog breed is one step in the process and can be a very good place to start. But it really is only the beginning of what could be a very rewarding addition to your family.

Choosing a Dog…Or Two?

August 29, 20120 Comments

In an article on SierraSun.com, a couple recently lost their 13 year old dog and are considering getting a puppy.  The question raised by the husband is whether to get one puppy or two.  His thinking is that if they get two puppies, they they will have company when he and his wife are at work.  This seems to make sense, but when choosing a dog (or two!) there are other issues that you want to consider.  See what a veterinarian has to say about this issue.

Choosing a Dog…Or Two?

As a rule, most training professionals recommend against adopting two puppies at one time. Puppies raised together tend to bond very strongly to each other at the expense of the dog-human relationship. This strong bond can also lead to extreme stress when they inevitably have to be separated due to medical problems or when one dies before the other. Another major concern is that owners tend to underestimate the amount of time is takes to properly socialize and train a puppy. Even raising one puppy can seem overwhelming at times. Two puppies raised together are often under socialized and inadequately trained. (Read More)

No one should leave a puppy alone for more than a couple of hours at a time. This means employing someone that could come to play with the puppy or walk it during the day.  A doggie day care kind of establishment is also something to consider, but if you have two dogs that could be quite a regular fee! That kind of thinking should also be employed when considering the costs for two dogs overall; adoption costs, vet fees, training classes, dog food, supplies etc. Doubling all that could make the decision a rather expensive one.

IF the decision to get two dogs still seems like something you want to do, then be sure you crate them at night separately and that you train and play with them separately as well.  It is so important to really help them learn to be independent of each other and establish their own confidence.  So when choosing a dog or two, be sure you have the time and money available to really devote to them.

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