Your Puppy Will Grow Up

Normally, when people remind you that your puppy will grow up, they’re talking about the fact that your dog won’t be an adorable three-month-old forever. This post is all about the in-between stage. Your dog is still mentally a puppy, but he’s close to his adult size and full of doofy energy and enthusiasm for destruction. You think he’s going to be like this forever, but he’s not.  Read More Your Puppy Will Grow Up

Female or Male? Baby or Adult? Fluffy or Flat?

When people talk about getting a dog, they often have very fixed ideas about what they want. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misperceptions that are used to make these decisions. Read More Female or Male? Baby or Adult? Fluffy or Flat?

Socializing Your Dog: More Than Just Exposure

In order to become generally confident and relaxed, and therefore relaxing companions, dogs need to be exposed to lots of different types of people, animals, situations, and things. Exposing your puppy or dog to new stuff is good for him, but there is more to good socialization than exposure. The quality of those interactions is important. Because socialization is so important and most commonly considered during early puppyhood, I’ll focus there, but adult dogs can still benefit from socialization. Even a dog that missed out on key socialization areas as a puppy can learn to deal appropriately with new things. Read More Socializing Your Dog: More Than Just Exposure

Feelin’ Down? This Post Will Turn That Frown Upside Down

The work day is over and we now have the rest of the week with an hour loss to our days to look forward to. Ugh. If you’re like me and have been out of sorts for whatever reason, this may cheer you up.

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Buying From a Breeder: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I’ll admit up front that I want you to adopt a dog rather than buy one from a breeder, but I can understand the appeal. You can get a puppy and have a good idea of his adult size, energy level, grooming needs, lifespan, and temperament. You can get the look, skills, and predisposition to match your lifestyle. Certainly puppies from a breeder should be healthier, easier to train, and all around better than a puppy from the shelter, right? Actually, what you’re buying depends much more on the breeder than the breed. All too frequently, the puppy is not what the new owner expected, or paid for. Many times, you’re better off starting with a puppy from a skilled foster home rather than a puppy advertised on the side of the road. Read More Buying From a Breeder: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly