DOGS ARE FAMILY
Dog owners love their dogs. Most people consider them as family or their children. Having own many dogs during my life time, I found like most people I had one dog that was my all-time favorite.
My favorite dog`s name was Einstein. I acquired Einstein from a private party. Don`t remember why but I got to choose the first pick of litter. The mother was a shepherd with brown and black markings. All the pups had her color markings except one. This male was a blonde color.
Watching the pups nurse, I saw him grab one of the other pups and pull them off, so he could eat. Right then I knew which dog I wanted. Selecting the blonde one, I named him Einstein.
The father was a fence jumper. They never saw him and weren`t sure what type of dog it was. But as he grew up it was concluded that dad was probably a coyote. Einstein was an amazing dog. He had some unique traits.
First, he was very quiet. If he barked, it meant someone was standing at the door. People could walk down the street. People or other animals could even walk up the sidewalk or driveway and Einstein would not make a sound. But when they got to the door, he would bark just one time to alert me that someone was there.
As an owner of dogs, I always believed in open feeding. Making sure they always had food and water, when ever they wanted it. Einstein normally ate around one or two in the morning never during the day.
Another characteristic he had was his eyes, his nickname was dead eyes. Usually with dogs, you can look at their eyes and get some kind of reading on what they are thinking or how they are feeling. But Einstein`s eyes were the same all the time. When he looked at you it was as if he was looking through you. When people first met him, they would be very cautious. People could not get reading on what he was going to do. Einstein would just look at them and go lay down someplace just across the room or down the hall. Out of the way, but close enough just in case.
Breeders are an excellent option on acquiring a dog. There are several reasons you would consider this option. First, would be you are looking for a specific breed of dog. Looking for a pure breed or certain cross breeds designed to give you a specific set of traits. These would include body size, hair, color or temperament. If you are planning on becoming a breeder or getting a male for stud services. Another reason in buying from a breeder if you want to get into competitive dog shows.
There are a lot of breeders out in the market. When searching for breeders, do your due diligence on checking out the breeder. Things to consider would be are they AKC registered, believe it or not, not all breeders are registered. If you plan on investing on spending a large sum of money on your new family member find out if you will receive papers on your dog. Also, research their dog’s lineage, this way you learn not only the parents but also the grand parents of the dog. When purchasing the dog, is the dog going to be intact or fixed? In purchasing a female, if the female is not fixed at time of purchase, are you going to be able to breed the dog if you so choose. What this means if you did not get the rights to breed you won`t be able to register the litters.
Another crucial thing to find out from the breeder is the litter number that your dog is coming from. This is very important because responsible breeders limit the number of litters, they allow a female to have. Over breeding a dog can cause issues with the litters. Another thing to find out is the age of the female when she had the litter. Just like humans, older dogs could have complications with their off spring.
Dogs have feelings too as we do. When you get a dog or puppy it should be considered as
part of your family. Every dog will listen to you and would be willing to be trained if treated correctly.
Dogs can be stubborn just like humans. None of us are perfect. No dog should be put in
an arena to be a fighting machine. Dogs are not born to do that. Just like people use Pit Bulls
this is so wrong! I have met so many Pit Bulls over the last few years. People think Pit Bulls are
such vicious dogs. The majority of them are love bugs. It’s not that the dog is vicious, it is how the
dog is treated and raised. Any dog can be vicious if treated or raised badly.
Dogs are such wonderful companions for an individual or family. They can be a guardian dog
to help protect livestock from predators. They can be used for search and rescue in water or on land.
Some dogs are trained for therapy dogs which these dogs go into hospitals and go visit patients
young and old to help calm them down while in the hospital on some circumstances and then some
patients have anxiety of just missing their own pets.
Least but not less are the dogs that are trained to be service dogs. These dogs have a lot of responsibility
and are used to help the blind get around on their daily lifestyle, helps people that are wheelchair bound and
retrieving things for them and even for the Military either while in service or help our Military men
and women cope with the world once coming home.
All in all, dogs are just exceptional animals and if treated properly, they are the best animal to have in an individual’s
life or a family’s life. Just need to find the right dog for the perfect fit that is needed for that family.
Things to think about on your new dog or puppy. If your dog will be living in the house or
outside. If your dog will be living inside, if no doggie door is available (which is the best option if
possible to install) for this dog to go outside to do his or her business, then you will need to do
some training on this new dog to wait for you to take outside or take for a walk. You could also
use puppy pads in case of an accident if the dog or puppy could not wait for you for some
reason. It’s always better to lay down some puppy pads in the beginning just in case of
accidents. It’s always better to be safe than sorry instead of getting angry with your dog or
puppy. But, you will need patience through this training process.
Also, make sure your new dog or puppy has adequate food and water throughout the day.
You could train a dog to eat at certain times and a certain amount of food everyday.
Always want to read your dog food bag according to weight of dog as to how much food that dog
is to eat on a daily base this is for the dog not to become malnutrition.
If you have a dog that is just a nibbler then you could just leave food out 24/7 and they will just
nibble when they want.
If your dog will be living outside? If it’s just a family dog and living outside, STOP this dog is
to be part of the family and not just living outside. My question for you then is why are you
getting a dog? A dog has feelings too, they need to be loved. Sure, they are there to protect, but
they will still protect in the house. Make them part of your family. Now, on the other hand there
are outside dogs that know they are bred for this. These dogs are usually found on farms or
ranches of all sizes and the bigger the place the more dogs you might have.
These dogs are Livestock Guardian Dogs. These dogs are use to be living outside and being close to the
livestock that they are protecting against predators. These dogs also need adequate food and
water. Their food and water is best to keep in a lifted tray or enclosed food and water bottles to
keep bugs and ants out of their food and water. These dogs also need adequate shade and
cover because of the weather, sun out or if raining or snowing they need a dry place to go in to.
What to do with your new dog?
Are you going to become a breeder? Take it from experience, yes we are dog lovers and have always
been part of our lives. But dog breeding is a very big commitment and very time consuming.
Then it also takes a few litters sold to get your name out there and how your puppies are treated and
how your own dogs are treated when people come to you when looking for a puppy.
When you find a breeder that you are thinking about because you like pictures or prices of
puppies, ask the breeder for previous buyers contact information. The breeder should not have
a problem in giving you this information. Call some previous buyers for references on the
breeder that you are thinking about doing business with.
If not breeding or showing, you should always be a responsible owner of a dog or puppy and
get it spayed or neutered . There are too many animals in shelters that are in need of a home
and by spaying or neutering it cuts down the population of unwanted animals in the shelters and
the possibility of them being put to sleep permanently.
Does anyone in your household have allergies?
If so, the best thing is to look at a dog or puppy that does not shed such as a Poodle or even a
Golden Doodle (which is mixed with Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle in general).
But, on the Golden Doodle I have been told to look into the genealogy of this breed to make
sure it has more Poodle bloodline in it for the shedding aspect.
And always keep your animal vaccinated through your veterinarian and have them taken to
your vet every year from an annual exam to check for any issues that you might need to be