So you want a puppy?

It is unfortunate but every so often a person, or family, comes to class with a very mismatched dog or puppy. Perhaps they saw a cute pup at a weekend event, or they used to own big dogs when they were younger  — but now they’re in their 70s. The reasons vary but the outcome is frequently the same — they need to re-home the new canine.

I encourage people to do a little homework before they take the big step of adding a new family member. A few things to consider include:

• Consider what the dog was bred to do — a dog who was bred to herd cattle all day won’t likely do well waiting in an apartment for you to get home from work.

• How big will the dog get? Do you have the strength and where-with-all to give him proper training and exercise?

• Most puppies like to jump up on people and things. Consider if this could seriously hurt a family member and perhaps consider adopting an older dog who’s had some training.

These are just a few of the things to think about before you let your heart get stolen away 🙂


One Comment on “So you want a puppy?”

  1. Fluffy Tufts says:

    Very good advice!! 🙂

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