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So, you wanted a Dog....
by Candy McCullough, of Best Buddies
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Your kids are begging for a dog. You begin to feel
guilty. After all, isn't it the right of each child to have a dog to love?
Besides, it will teach them responsibility. So, when a neighbor has a litter
available, you and the kids go "just to look" and come home with a bundle of
fur that squirms all over your children, covering them with kisses.
Sometimes this story has a happy ending and your pet provides years of love
and devotion and is considered a real member of the family. Other times,
however, the story does not end so well….
This cute little puppy grows up to be a huge dog that
chews everything he can get his paws on. The kids seem to have lost interest
and it's costing a fortune to feed him! So, after one last time of coming
home and finding paper shredded throughout your house, you put on his leash,
drag him to the car and off he goes to a dog shelter. Since he has a lot of
competition, chances are he won't be adopted and within a week he will be
How can you avoid this sad ending? The best way is to
put some thought into what you really want from a dog. Each breed of dog has
it's own basic personality traits. Sit down as a family and discuss what
type of dog you want. What size? What sort of temperament? Go to the library
or bookstore and research the different breeds available. Ask friends who
own dogs what their breed is like. If you want a mixed breed, find out what
breed the parents were and take that into account.
A dog is a long term investment and if you want it to
be a good experience for your family and also the dog, put as much thought
into the decision as you do when buying a house, a car or anything that you
plan to have for several years. Your reward will be a devoted friend who
would lay down his life for you.
by Candy McCullough,
To avoid having a bad dog experience, begin with these tips:|
- Learn dog training basics. You don't need to be able to train your
dog to do fancy tricks. But you do need to train your dog on the basics
such as heeling while walking, sit, stay, and leave it.
- Learn people training basics. Here's where the dog-human
relationship often goes awry. You need to be consistent with your rules,
lavish with your praise, and restrained in your negative communication.
- Learn your dog's language. Your dog will communicate with you, using
a variety of sounds, gestures, and facial expressions. Pay attention!
- Teach your dog your language. Be consistent and deliberate in your
words, gestures, facial expressions, and commands. You will have to be
very conscious about what you might say or do that could confuse the
dog, and then make an effort to avoid those things.
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- The reason a dog has so many friends is
that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
- Don't accept your dog's admiration as
conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
- If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when
I die I want to go where they went.
- There is no psychiatrist in the world
like a puppy licking your face.
- A dog is the only thing on earth that
loves you more than he loves himself.
- The average dog is a nicer person than
the average person.
- We give dogs time we can spare, space we
can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us
their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
- Dogs love their friends and bite their
enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and
always have to mix love and hate.
- I wonder if other dogs think poodles are
members of a weird religious cult.
- A dog teaches a boy fidelity,
perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
- Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes
like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones
- If I have any beliefs about immortality,
it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and
very, very few persons.
- If your dog is fat, you aren't getting
- My dog is worried about the economy
because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog
- Ever consider what our dogs must think of
us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most
amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're
the greatest hunters on earth!
- Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
-Robert A. Heinlein
- If you pick up a starving dog and make
him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal
difference between a dog and a man.
- You can say any foolish thing to a dog,
and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right!
I never would've thought of that!'
- Dave Barry
- Dogs are not our whole life, but they
make our lives whole.
- If you think dogs can't count, try
putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only
two of them.
- My goal in life is to be as good a person
as my dog already thinks I am.
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