So you want a puppy?Posted: January 5, 2012
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 🙂