Although many apartment managers restrict dogs based solely on size, there are many other considerations which are of at least equal importance. One of the most important things, especially during puppyhood, is whether or not the dog is easy to housebreak. No landlord wants to deal with urine-soaked carpets when you move out.
It is also important that you choose a dog who doesn’t have tons of energy which might require a large yard for exercise. Big or small, rambunctious dogs will be happiest in a home larger than most apartments.
Make sure you choose a dog who is not prone to separation anxiety. Certain breeds become very destructive when left alone for long periods of time.
Finally, look for dogs that are not terribly vocal. Your neighbors will appreciate your thoughtfulness!
BREEDERSThere are literally thousands of dog breeders in the United States, and it can be hard to know who is reputable and who is not.
ADOPTIONOut of every 100 dogs taken to an animal shelter, about 15 are reunited with their families, 25 are adopted, and the remainder – about 60 – are put down.
PUPPY TRAININGAs if the pain of a puppy bite weren’t bad enough, one of the problems with puppies who nip is that they often grow up into big dogs that bite.
PUPPIESMost of us know that when puppies are born, they have their eyes closed and they don’t know where to go to the bathroom, but do you know anything else about how they grow and develop?
NOVICE OWNERSThe good folks at VetStreet recently polled 218 veterinary professionals to find out which dog breeds they thought were best for new owners.
EXPERIENCED OWNERSNo one is saying that any of these breeds is bad; however, they do have some character traits and physical differences that make them more challenging than some of the other breeds.
HEALTHPeople are often forced to leave their pets behind when they lose their housing after losing a job, or they may surrender the dog to a shelter because they can no longer afford to care for him or her.
ACCESSORIESThere are two important components to dog-walking equipment: a sturdy collar or harness, and a good leash or lead.