Breeds, Breeds, Breeds

There are so many, so how do you choose which one works for you?

After making the decision to adopt a dog the next step in the process is to decide what breed you want to get. Goggling breeds you know is a good idea, you could really never get enough research on an animal, it’s for your benefit and there’s.  A lot of Dog Centers have breed lists that I recommend reading.

Some questions to consider when looking at breeds are:

What size dog do I want to get? (Small, medium, large, extra-large, Extra Extra Large) 

If you are like most people and get a mutt or mixed breed you need to consider all aspects of all the breeds they have for considering their size at full growth. Jasmine is a Saint Bernard Hound, when we adopted her at 4 months old we assumed as she was the first dog my family has ever owned she would be a decent sized dog because of the Saint Bernard, but what we didn’t account for the hound (which are usually smaller) so she is a smaller size then what we expected but she just looks like a mini Saint Bernard and everyone thinks she is still a puppy (minus the gray fur).

How much time do I have to spend playing with my new dog? (Energy level)

When we first got Kody and I lived at home because I was in High School, I played with him for the minimum of 2 hours a day after school. My mom would play with him and the ball playing fetch for about an hour in the mornings. This is still the case and he is 8 years old. He now has Bear to play with most of the time but he prefers playing with his toy.

Do I want to crate train my dog? (Goes off energy level)

Bear has been crate trained since the day we got him. He has been a terror comparing him to my other dogs who have never been crate trained they are house trained (go bathroom outside and let us know when they need us to let them out) However I think as a puppy unless you want to clean up poop, pee, chewed up everything or are able to sleep on a puppy schedule (which isn’t a lot) you want to crate them so they learn when bed time is and you instill a schedule in them.

Do I have any other pets/ children that I need to take into account getting a new animal?

Introducing pets will be another post I will share after this one as a sub post to answer and go into more details about how to introduce them and how to make sure everyone in the house is happy with a new member of the family. As well as ways to if it’s past the introduction stage to make your animal dog friendly to your newest member.

What kind of training am I willing to take with my new dog? Does he/she have any training (If adopting an older dog they may have basic skills)

Puppy Classes, obedience school, and doggy daycare for socialization and basic commands unless you want to teach them to your dog yourself like I did with all three of my dogs.

 

After you have decided on a breed you then have to consider of your house and yard are ready for a dog, this is especially the case with new dog owners. A lot of shelters will ask for pictures of your house and yard. Some even go as far as to do a home check before they allow the dog to stay with you to make sure it is safe for them.

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Adoption/ Treatment- Part Four – How to find a good Vet?

How to find a good Vet clinic that is local and reliable?

To located a Veterinary clinic near you drive around surrounding towns ask Google, friends and neighbors where the closest vet is. Personal preference comes into play because you have to like the doctor who’s treating your baby.

We have a mobile vet named Michelle and she comes to the house in a van where she has her practice out of, my dogs love her and have never been afraid to go into the van she has also neutered Kody and Bear in her van and brought them back the next day and it was inexpensive.

When we only had Jasmine we went to the VCA which was recommended through the Sterling Shelter and she went there for three years until we got Kody, and our friend who owns four labs recommended Michelle and we have loved her ever since. But the VCA was a very nice play and they were really good with Jasmine.

Another place I recommend if you live near me, is the Vet clinic that is right next door from my job at the Kennel, Ashland Animal Hospital.They have friendly staff and love animals.Ashland Animal Hospital

Tufts Veterinary school of medicine is also a good place to go if you vet is closed like the Ashland one is on Sundays and you have a pet emergency. They take care of all animals and never turn anyone away no matter the situation.

If for some reason and I have heard of places that owners have not enjoyed the Vet doctors and they way they treat their patients then request for their file and find another Vet. It happens as it does with children. Certain people were meant to be doctors and some were not.

Adoption/Treatment Part three- Where to Adopt?

Where to adopt?

Personal preference is a huge factor when you are deciding where to adopt, do your research is the best advice I can give you because some places don’t always give you exactly what you are looking for. (Ex. Bear was food aggressive when we first adopted him, he came up in a truck that wasn’t sanitary and looked like he barely ate, and it was heart breaking)

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We adopted Jasmine from Sterling shelter she was healthy, they spayed her for us and she had all her shots taken care of, all we had to do was prove we lived in a safe friendly environment with a back yard for her to play in. I recommend this place to adopt them are amazing and such a friendly staff.

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We adopted Bear from a place called Happy Dogs of New England a place where he was brought to New Hampshire from the South and my parent picked him up in NH.

Petfinder.com is a really good site to do you research on and they have many links to other sites to find dogs from shelters.

Want more information on places to get a healthy and happy dog? Message or comment on my post and I will gladly look into more places and tell you what i think about them.

Adoption/Treatment- Part Two- What to get when adopting?

What to get when adopting a dog for the first time?

Dog food, collars, leashes, id tags, brush, toys, dog bed, Crate or carrier (personal choice, one of my dogs is crate trained but only when he was a puppy), Nail clippers (personal choice if you get them groomed they clip them for you usually like $10 a clipping), Tooth brush (unless you get dental treats for them to chew on that cleans the tartar away), Odor neutralizer (trust me they will smell and accidents happen with puppies just like they do with babies so be patient), Poop bags (if you plan on walking them a lot, don’t be rude and leave your dog’s poop on someone elses’ yard that’s gross and disrespectful), Baby gates (keep them in a certain area until they are trained to pee outside, note; some can jump the fence). A lot of these items are found in stores like Petco, Petsmart, Dog Kennels, Veterinary clinics, and Adoption centers.

The cost of owning a dog can be a financial burden on many and that is why careful consideration when adopting is key. Below are a few links that are helpful with dog costs for budgeting:

http://budgeting.thenest.com/budget-dog-21416.html

http://thebark.com/content/budgeting-dog-expenses

These are wonderful places that can help you budget your money so you don’t have to worry about researching each thing listed above.

Did I miss something? Want more information on something mentioned above? Feel free to message me or comment and I will return your comment ASAP!

Thanks for reading dog lovers ❤

Adoption/Treatment Part 1 – Are you ready?

Are you ready to adopt a dog? This is a very important question many people need to ask themselves and honestly answer it. If  you are not ready, then its not a big deal, wait and do your research then make an educated decision, not just because they look cute. Any dog lover can see the way a dog interacts with his owner shows a lot about how they are cared for. Body Language from a dog is key when you are interacting with them, below are examples of these: 400_relaxed.jpg2aggressive.jpg1

For example, if a dog bows his head when you are going to pet him/her, that means in most cases that he/she was or is being abused. But if a dog is wagging his tail and listens to his owner that is what is known as a healthy dog relationship.When you are looking to adopt or want to make sure you are ready to care for another life, make sure your ready to take them for their bratty traits and good traits. Make sure your ready to loose some nice things you have when they are in their chewing and biting stage (for some they never grow out of) But most importantly make sure you are going to love them unconditionally, they didn’t choose to go home with you, you choose them. Only you know if you are truly ready, don’t lie to yourself and say you are when you aren’t, that’s not fair to that dog or yourself. Do your research seems tedious but trust me you will have a much happier life with your dog if you know what you are getting into.

Ponder these questions for a few days and comment if you have any I didn’t cover. For more information on what you need when adopting a dog and where to take them when they are sick (vet clinics) and where are good and healthy places to adopt read my next post. ❤