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.
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.
CANINE MOBILITYOne of the major symptoms of advancing age is that the joints and muscles begin to show wear and tear.
FIRST TIME OWNERSSo, your mom (spouse) finally allowed you to get a dog! It’s so exciting! How will you choose just one when they’re all so cute?
DOG BEHAVIORDoes your dog hide under the bed when there’s a storm brewing? Try to hide behind you when a stranger is nearby?
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.