Some Basics About Your New Best Friend

The Whisperer,, says, “There are no . Only bad dog
owners.” So You need to ask am I ready for the responsibility of owning a dog?
No matter what breed you bring into your home, in the end, you are the one
responsible for your dog's behavior. Learn all you can about the dog you hope to own.
Even the feared is a sweet loving dog in the right hands.

Most people like and grown-up dogs. But before you welcome a new dog into
your home, there are some things you need to think through to be sure both you and your are happy and healthy.

Remember that dogs, no matter what they are today, were predators in the past. Wolves,
, dingoes, and are carnivorous creatures who hunt to survive. Dogs were most
likely domesticated from their canine ancestors from 20,000-30,000  years ago. In fact, the many have only proliferated in the last 200 to 300 years. Before that, a few breeds existed to meet their masters' needs for work.

When you own a dog, remember that the wolf is somewhere in there hiding. Depending on its
breed and the way you treat it, that wolf could surprise you with a quick or a more . and training of your dog will assure that your best remains a best friend.

Before you select a dog, do your homework. Become familiar with and personality
traits, and compare these to your for having a dog. Do you want a cute,
cuddly friend to dress up and carry around? Do you want a champion at dog agility competitions or a champion show dog? Do you want a companion for your children? Or do you want a body guard and home protector? Do you need support to cope with a disability?

Each breed has characteristics that indicate what your life with your will be like. If you aren't very patient or don't like a lot of noise, you probably shouldn't adopt a small, energetic dog with lots of demands for attention. If you want an affectionate loyal companion, you might want to consider a Golden or Labrador Retriever or a Collie. If you want to protect your property, you might take a look at a German Shepherd, a Rottweiler, or a Doberman Pincher.

If your household includes young children, your choice should be a careful one. Your new dog
will have to be patient and tolerate with kindness having its tail pulled, being jumped on, and
engaged in wrestling for hours on end. Bulldogs, American Eskimo dogs, Beagles, Retrievers,
Setters, Sheepdogs, and many Terriers are among the many breeds good with children.

Want a dog you can dress up and put in cute clothes? Then look for a dog that has plenty of
hair (for those fancy hair-dos) and is small enough to carry around. “Designer dogs” like
Poodles, Yorkies and Westies, Bichon Frises, Pomeranians, and the more exotic Shih Tzu are
excellent candidates for this.

If you're looking for protection, be sure to look at breeds that aren't too friendly to strangers. Great Danes are huge and intimidating, but they will likely to fall in love with the first burglar they meet! Bulldogs are another breed that look fierce but come out kissing. German Shepherds are probably the most familiar and trainable guard dogs. Other breeds also protect your home and family: Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinchers, and Giant Schnauzers are among them. There are a few breeds that were created for their ferociousness. Rottweilers and Pit Bull Terriers are notorious for vicious attacks. So if you are considering these breeds, you must be very clear about what to expect and very careful in training a well-behaved dog.

When you decide to bring a dog into your home, you need to be educated about what you need, what you want, and what breed will most likely fulfill your goals. When you adopt a dog, you are adding a member to your family – one for which you will be responsible for a lifetime. You should be committed to working through all the behavioral and training kinks and providing a stable, loving home. You'll not only have to train your dog, but you'll have to be trained in how to handle that dog.

No matter what breed you think you want, you should know about the specific dog's parentage, personal history, and temperament before making the commitment to be his lifetime caretaker and friend.

Dan Lund — The Yellow

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