The Perfect Pet

A lot of dog training books and websites promise to teach you how to train “the perfect pet” or “the perfect dog,” but that’s just not going to happen. Your dog will never be perfect and it’s better to understand that from the start. Much like your children, spouse, friends, and boss, your dog will have quirks; expecting them to be perfect is a recipe for unhappiness at best and a dog bite at worst.  Read More The Perfect Pet

Consider These Dogs When You’re Adopting: Part II

In addition to dogs that attract bad adopters, there are dogs that don’t attract many, or even any, adopters. Read More Consider These Dogs When You’re Adopting: Part II

Getting a Dog: Surviving the First Weeks

The first few days of having a new dog are nerve-wracking. You’ve got a strange animal in your house and you can’t quite be sure what they’ll do, but after a couple of days you start to develop a pattern and figure out how things will work. You get comfortable, which is why it’s so upsetting when your new dog also gets comfortable and is replaced with the actual dog you’ve adopted. Here are some tips for dealing with the first few weeks with a new dog. Some of it repeats advice about the first night with your new dog. That’s because you’re going to want to relax your guard after the original excitement is over, and that’s a big mistake.  Read More Getting a Dog: Surviving the First Weeks

Bringing Your Dog Home: Prepping Your Home and Getting Through the First Night

Adopting a dog is wonderful and exciting, but no matter how well you’ve screened your new pal, it involves bringing a strange dog into your house and seeing what they do. That might, and probably will, involve a few house training errors, a bit of nervous chewing, and a few surprises. For a dog, it’s an exciting, overwhelming, and scary experience, and there are new rules, faces, and places to learn. It’s a lot to take in and it can be hard to fit smoothly into an alien household. Here are some tips for making that transition go a little smoother. Read More Bringing Your Dog Home: Prepping Your Home and Getting Through the First Night

Applying for a Dog: What They Really Want to Know

So, you’ve found a dog (or dogs) that you want to adopt on Petfinder, or at your local animal shelter. Now, chances are they are going  to give you a very lengthy application to fill out. Here’s why they do it, and what they are actually looking for. Read More Applying for a Dog: What They Really Want to Know