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.
DAY CARE Sometimes our schedules change and we need some help watching after our dogs. Or, maybe we want to bring some other k-9s into their dialy lives. Here’s our guide to what you should look for before leaving your four-footed family member with strangers.
DOG PSYCHOLOGYCommunication is the first step towards establishing a trusting relationship with your dog. Improper communication can damage the relationship between a person and their dog. Dogs feel confused and anxious when they cannot comprehend why they're being disciplined, commanded, or shepherded around.
HEALTHIf you’ve never had to face the horror of your dog needing a blood transfusion, you may never have given a second thought to canine blood banks.
SOCIALIZATIONIt's easy to do. After you bring one animal into your home, without tremendous amounts of willpower, you may soon find the four-legged residents of your home outnumbering the two-leggers. So how do you make the introductions between your dog and your cat without their fighting, well, like dogs and cats?
NEW DOG OWNERSDid you ever think about how valuable it might be to your puppy if you bonded with him or her? Bonding allows your dog to develop a special link to you and your family.
GROOMINGWe all know that you could spend a fortune on grooming your dog, but what grooming tasks are truly important and what ones are not really necessary?
OLDER DOGSYou may find that you must take your dog's age into consideration more often when making certain decisions about the physical care and well being.
KIDS AND DOGSHere's our guide to keeping everyone safe when you introduce your dog to small children.