A perfect dog for your lifestyle
©Kim Bloomer, VND
It’s great when we see those cute puppies or amazing dogs in the movies and on TV but those dogs are highly trained or it’s Hollywood magic…
1. The first thing to know is that cute puppies do grow up into dogs. A wild, silly, nipping puppy might seem cute or funny but it isn’t so cute or funny in a full grown dog. So understanding the nature of a dog and how to raise one is critical.
2. Next you want to determine what dog will work best for your particular lifestyle.
3. Don’t let the movies or television dogs determine your choice -those dogs are highly trained and most likely nothing like a “real” dog would be at home. You owe it to your potential dog to know if he or she will be able to fit into your own lifestyle. You will also want to know what your own expectations of owning a dog are and mean to you. It’s really important you determine this well beforehand so you don’t end up being fully surprised and wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. That’s how dogs end up surrendered to shelters because the owner didn’t know enough or care enough to learn about the dog, train the dog and commit to the dog.
4. If you’re a sedentary sort that doesn’t like to do hard exercise a Golden Retriever or a Jack Russell Terrier may not be the breed for you. These breeds have a lot of energy and need regular, daily exercise. If you’re a runner and want a running companion, an English Mastiff may not be the best choice for you. It pays to do your homework so you can find the best breed to fit into your lifestyle.
5. Also keep in mind your dwelling space. If you’re in a small apartment a giant breed would probably not be your best choice. Also understand that if you work long hours each day, a puppy may not be what will work for you either. A dog will bond to you no matter what their age is IF you take the time to invest in them with love, training, and commitment. An older dog may be a better choice for you if you do work long hours and can’t be at home to let a puppy out to potty, feed, and interact with many times during the day. Of course there are options for long working hours such as doggie daycares and dog walkers/sitters, but make sure you have budgeted in this commitment. Dogs are a time, money, love and life investment and I mean for their life not yours. The rewards are bountiful if you’ll do your part too. Dogs are always more than willing to go above and beyond the call of duty and if you are also, the joy is boundless!
Do your homework, learn, and THEN commit to a breed that suits you. Remember a dog is for life -their life!
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Dr. Kim Bloomer is a certified animal naturopath and published author, consulting on canine nutrition and wellness. She hosts the internet radio show, Animal Talk Naturally with colleague Dr. Jeannie Thomason. The two are also the Founders of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger and writer on natural pet health, having co-authored the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs and authored the book Animals Taught Me That. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications such as Animal Wellness, Natural Horse, Dogs Naturally, NM Breeze, Raw Instincts, and the Pet Connection magazines. Website:www.AspenbloomPetCare.com
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