Dogs - mans best friend ... or so they say

For some strange reason diamonds are a girls best friend but dogs are a mans best friend. Anyway, here is an article about dogs.

About Buying a Dog

Many families want their children to grow up with some animal, in order to train them to be kind and not afraid of dogs or cats etc.

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The reason why a dog is an excellent choice is that it will protect the people living in the house as well as keep them company and play with them.

Some people even decide to get a dog when they realize that it is difficult or impossible for them to get children of their own or because they see dogs as less hazzle.

What ever your reason is then having a dog can be the beginning of many years of joy & happiness as a special bond between humans and canines is created, grows and exceeds even the greatest of expectations. But if you want to get the best relation to your dog, you must prepare for some important responsibilities.

Test yourself by answering these questions while you read this article.

  1. Have I decided about the right breed that will fit into my (our) lifestyle and home?
  2. Will I have the needed time to spend training, grooming, cleaning and exercising a dog?
  3. Am I willing to use the resources required to ensure a good future for our dog?

Do you know the kind of dog (breed) do you want?
Is there a breed you like already, or are you uncertain how to select a dog?

You should research to make sure that you choose the right dog for you and/or your family. The benefits of choosing a purebred dog is that you will know in advance about what size, coat, care requirements and temper the dog has. Knowing in advance how your cute puppy will look like and what kind of care he will need as fully grown is a key in selecting a breed for you.

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Saint Bernard

You And The Dog?
Too often, common sense is not used when it comes to buying a baby-dog or puppy. This is so often the case when a family with children buys a dog.

Buying a dog is like buying anything else; the more you know before you buy, the better off you will be. This advice applies to all aspects of buying your dog, from selecting the breed to deciding where to obtain the puppy. You are strongly adviced to spend enough time to find out about various dog breeds before buying. Remember, dogs are not like socks to be trashed after 3 months, but they are for life.?

Try to find a book that can help you begin your research with its pictures and descriptions of each breed. Your first research will help you narrow the field when it comes to selecting the breed for you and your lifestyle. Please consider your dog's lifestyle, too. And for extended research, use the resources at your nearest library.

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While investigating, be honest to yourself. The Bearded Collie you fell in love with because of his lush coat is indeed beautiful, but are you going to be able to brush this coat every day as it requires?

Maybe a short coated dog better suits your busy lifestyle. Think about the size of your house or your apartment. Will that Golden Retriever be happy in your studio apartment?
The Golden Retriever is a larger sporting dog who requires a lot of exercise.
Do you have a fenced yard so he can go out safely? If not, can you afford to install a fence?

These are crucial questions regarding the safety of your dog and being a responsible neighbor. Always remember, it is okay to change your mind about which breed you want or if you want the responsibility of owning a dog at all.

Owning a dog is a big responsibility! Talk to breeders. Ask them lots of questions; we all know there are no stupid questions. A responsible breeder will eagerly answer your questions and share his or her experience and knowledge with you. Where can you find breeders and see dogs? At dog shows (conformation events). Also contact dog clubs in your area for their recommendations.

Choosing A Breeder
Buy your dog from a responsible and well-respected breeder. This cannot be stressed enough. Responsible breeders are concerned with the betterment of the breed. For example, they work on breeding healthier dogs with the appropriate temperament for their breed.

Your dog breeder referral contact will direct you to a breeder who is concerned with the future of the puppy. Once you select a breeder, screen the breeder.

Ask to see at least one of the parents (the dam or the sire) of your puppy. See how the dogs in your breeder's home interact with your breeder.
Are they friendly and outgoing or do they shy away? The responsible breeder will be screening you, too, looking for the best home for each puppy.

How Much Does A Puppy Cost?
This is not the time to hunt for a bargain. Your new puppy will be a member of your family for his lifetime, so you'll want to make a wise investment.

Can You Afford A Puppy?
The purchase price of your puppy is not the only cost you have to consider. Be aware that the puppy you bring home will need proper care: food, health care, (a dog needs annual shots). Your puppy will also need little things like a collar with identification, a bowl, and a leash. Evaluate your budget; ask yourself if you really can afford a dog.

Dog ownership is responsibility. A dog pet healthcare plan if available in your area, can help you budget sensibly and responsibly for the lifelong healthcare needs of your dog.

Take the time to ask yourself these questions and to make a well informed decision. You and your dog will be happier for it. There is no doubt that a puppy is a cuddly bundle of joy, but it is also a huge responsibility.

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Caring For Your Dog
All dogs must be cared for every day. This means correct diet, exercise, grooming and veterinary attention. There are many fantastic guides on all facets of dog care. Read books containing information on proper dog care.

Have these or some other authoritative reference source available. Do not attempt to be your own veterinarian! All dogs should be regularly examined by a veterinarian and inoculated against the major infectious canine diseases.

Your dog and your neighbors
All dog owners must be aware of their responsibilities to their neighbors, both those who live in the area immediately around their residence and their neighbors in the broader sense of the community as a whole.

Dogs, for all the pleasure they are, can be a nuisance to your neighbors if not trained. Remember, excessive barking can be annoying. And, always keep your dog on a leash or inside a fenced yard when exercising. Remember to pick up after your dog. Forestall problems for yourself and your dog and all dog lovers by being a good neighbor.

Obedience training for everyone
One way to make your dog a good neighbor is through obedience training. A poorly behaved dog is a problem for everyone.

Nothing is more frustrating than attempting to corral a dog that will not "come" when you call. A well trained dog is not only a pleasure to own, he is a goodwill ambassador for the entire canine community.

A well-behaved dog is the result of the dog's owner being willing to work with the dog regularly in a systematic manner. Obedience classes are fortunately available in so many communities. Time spent training your dog is time well spent.

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