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There’s nothing I love more than someone who takes the time to really think through their decision to get a a dog, Whether it be a puppy from a breeder, a rescue dog from a rescue organization or from the County Animal Shelter or Humane Society, doing your research and thoroughly thinking through this decision and searching out some professional advice can make the difference between a potentially bad experience for you and your potential pup or a wonderful experience of many years to come. This wonderful pro-active woman will not get her puppy until mid 2015 and contacted me for my advice about the breeder she chose and recommendations on a trainer as she lives across the country from me. The breeder she chose is one of the most responsible breeders that I have had the privilege to work with for many reasons.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A DOG

Here are a few things to consider when you are thinking about bringing a four legged love one into your life;

  • Do you want a puppy to raise or would you prefer an older dog? Puppies are cute and fun but they take a lot of work; potty training, biting everything in sight, including you, your children, your furniture, etc. Puppies take a lot of time and A LOT of patience.
  • Do you have the time to train a puppy or the time to train a rescue dog to your home rules?
  • Dogs are expensive, do you have the funds to feed a dog, veterinary bills, toys, bones, grooming, a pet sitter or walker
  • Does your schedule have room to care for a dog, do you work long hours? Dogs don’t do well being alone for long periods of time.
  • Once you make the decision to get a dog, there are many decisions to make. Large dog, small dog, high energy dog, mellow dog, shedding, non shedding, pure bred, mix breed. If you choose a pure bred dog, research the breed, know what they were bred for.

This is a very big topic so chew on this and I’ll post a follow up with some more info on choosing a dog, a breeder, how to temperament test etc.

Hope you enjoy this info and send it out to anyone you know considering to get a pup!

Brad

smudgeIn the quest to get our dogs the well needed amount of exercise in the summer, many of us ponder the idea that if the surface is too hot for their feet let’s just put a pair of booties on their feet and they’ll be ready to roll. Do booties help protect dogs in hot weather? The flawed premise here is that if we protect their feet…the problem is solved! However, burning their feet is not the only potential danger for them. Lets repeat something we said in the last newsletter.

Your dog’s average body temperature ranges between 100 to 102.5 degrees. We have sweat glands all over our body which help to keep us cool, our dogs have very small sweat glands only on the bottom of their feet and on their noses. Try walking around in a wetsuit and a fur coat on 100+ degree day and it may give you some insight about how your dog feels. Oh, by the way – don’t forget to be barefoot!

Panting is the primary heat release for your dog’s body. If the air temperature is higher than their body temperature they can’t cool down.

The most valid use for booties in the summer is to get them from Point A to Point B, like from the car to the vet’s office, or anywhere else they may have to walk across a very hot surface.

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