Consider the Needs of a Breed When Getting a Puppy

For those of you who just acquired a puppy or are planning to get one soon, please be sure to research the breed that you are interested in. You may not realize it, but not every breed is suitable for every person, family and lifestyle. Say you fell in love with a beautiful red Viszla puppy, but you live in an apartment downtown and work ten to fifteen hours a day.

Consider that this breed of dog needs a great deal of exercise and it would be detrimental to the dog to keep it locked in your apartment all day only to be walked for a potty break once in the late evening. Unless you can walk this dog for at least 45 minutes in the morning, come home at lunch and walk it again, then in the evening go for a run for an hour, perhaps this dog isn't for you. You might consider getting an aquarium and fill it with exotic fish.

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Consider the needs of the breed and your lifestyle. Consider the breed if you have small children or elderly parents that live with you or if you are elderly. Some breeds are natural pullers such as Siberian Huskies and Malamutes. These dogs can pull a child or elderly person right to the ground and possibly drag them down the pavement. These dogs are very strong and were bred to pull sleds. They do make great companions, but remember, the pulling instinct is very strong and extra attention must be paid to this.

The two most important and vital issues that I cannot mention enough are: training and exercise. The number one reason for death in dogs is bad behavior. Dogs that don't get the obedience training they desperately need wind up with behavioral problems and the owner gets frustrated with the dog and the dog ends up in a shelter or rescue and invariably, put to death.

Dogs behave like dogs, not like humans. Jumping, barking, digging, and chewing are natural activities in dogs. When humans don't know how to train the dog "not" to do these things, the dog loses its home. Also, dogs need exercise and some breeds need lots of it. A tired dog is a happy dog and more likely to learn. If you don't have the time or patience to train and exercise a dog, please consider getting a different type of animal such as a cat. Remember, training is a lifelong process for a dog. They don't just learn it in seven weeks and that's it. They must be reminded constantly for your sanity and the life of the dog.

By Sandra from Orlando, FL

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March 15, 20060 found this helpful

amen. i do recommend going to an adoption facilty also. the dogs there are sometimes full bred dogs-they have the LOOK many people are going for. i go to the spca and have loved the dogs i have.

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Check out Cesar Millan, "The Dog Whisperer" on the National Geographic Channel. He is a very gifted dog trainer who also ascribes to the theory that dogs are dogs and not furry little people. You, the owner, must take the lead and be the alpha dog in the pack. If you don't take the lead, then the dog will step to the plate, assume the alpha role.....and become a behavior problem. This is a terrific show that has provided me with some great tips for dealilng with my two rescue guys.

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Thank you Sandra for this detailed reminder for all would -be dog owners. This information is vital to the health and well being of every dog and dog owner.

Please also remember to try and adopt a pet from your local animal shelter, and NEVER buy a dog from a pet shop. Usually those puppies (and kittens and birds, etc.) come from puppy mills and the dogs are not treated well and many times are very ill when they are sold. IT's not fair to the puppy, or it's mom to be made to keep breeding for profit sake for an evil puppy mill owner. There are far too many loving dogs in shelters that need a good home. They usually have a much better temperment as well.

Last, to add one more comment to Sandra's, some dogs, like the Scottish terriers are bred to dig, so they will dig lots and lots of holes in your yard to look for prey, and also to make a cool place to sleep. So please, if you don't want a digger, find out what breed would be best for your needs (and the dog's).

Thanks all for listening.

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Cesar Millan has a special gift and sometimes it's almost like he is part dog himself. I suppose he knows dogs so well because he grew up with so many of them. I've never seen or heard of anyone like this man in my entire life and I would love to meet him and talk to him. I wonder if there are others like him???

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