When one of your key criteria for selecting a dog is friendliness, the breeder or shelter employees can be very helpful. Having observed their dogs with a number of different people, they will be able to tell you which dogs are shy, which are outgoing, which are good with children, and which would prefer to live with grown-ups only.
When you do find a friendly dog, you must keep him in a secured area. Remember how he ran up to greet you when you first picked him out? He followed you all around the shelter or the breeder’s yard, wanting nothing more than a pat on the head or a belly rub. Although that was exactly what you were looking for, the dog doesn’t know he’s not supposed to do that with everyone he meets. He is just as likely to follow strangers who happen past your yard as he was to follow you home in the beginning.
DOG HEALTHOne of your most important jobs as a puppy parent is to properly socialize your new little bundle of joy.
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.