If you're thinking about getting a new puppy or dog and whether this is your first or fourteenth dog, here are some things for you to think about and hopefully remember. If you take on this responsibility, remember what a huge responsibility it is. It is up to you to feed and water the dog, let the dog outside often enough (or install a doggie door), see that the dog gets enough exercise, etc. Don't leave your dog alone any more than you have to. Separation anxiety is a real problem for many dogs. These are basics and probably don't even need to be mentioned.
Most of all, it is up to you to keep the dog safe. Don't ever put him or her in harm's way. A fenced yard is an ideal situation, although many people successfully have dogs in many other living situations. Training is equally important. This starts with potty training. It goes on to teaching the dog good behavior. There are plenty of excellent books on this subject. Buy a couple of them or go to your local library and borrow them (it's free!). Get your dog in a good beginning obedience class, and you'll never regret the time you spend.
Give your dog the best you can give him or her. You owe it to them, and you will reap many many rewards from them for all the years you have them. All they ask in return is that you take care of them, give them the love they so richly deserve, and allow them to love you.
|HOW TO BE A *RESPONSIBLE* BREEDER
By Lyn Johnson DVM
This is an excellent article for anyone who is thinking about breeding their dog(s). This is also an excellent article for those of you who need to know how to recognize a responsible breeder when you see one. It will teach you what to look for to ensure that you have as healthy and well socialized puppy as possible.
|rec.pets.dogs FAQ Homepage / GETTING A DOG
Cindy Tittle Moore has written an excellent page on how to pick the right dog for you, where to get a dog, etc. There is also a lot of good info on other dog subjects on these pages.
|THE ASSUMPTION THAT KILLS DOGS
If you don't think you need to give your dog at least some basic behavioral training, please take the time to read this page.
Looking for a name for that new puppy or dog of yours? Try this page! The best names for dogs, btw, are two syllable and end in a vowel. Dogs seem to hear these names easier.
|FAMOUS DOGS, CATS, AND CRITTERS
This is another great site to look for a name for your new pet.
|rec.pets.dogs FAQ Homepage / CRATING YOUR DOG
Cindy Tittle Moore has written an excellent page on crate training. This is very useful information for puppy training! There is also a ton of good info on other dog subjects on these pages.
|THE DOG OBEDIENCE AND TRAINING PAGE
is brought to you courtesy of Mary Jo Sminkney's "The Dogpatch". There are lots of really good links and info for behavior training your dog and/or showing in competitive dog obedience.