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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 put down.

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.
    -Ann Landers
  • If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
    -Will Rogers
  • There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
    -Ben Williams
  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
    -Josh Billings
  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
    -Andy Rooney
  • 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.
    -M. Acklam
  • 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.
    -Sigmund Freud
  • I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
    -Rita Rudner
  • A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
    -Robert Benchley
  • 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.
    -James Thurber
  • If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
  • My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
    -Joe Weinstein
  • 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!
    -Anne Tyler
  • 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.
    -Mark Twain
  • 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.
    -Roger Caras
  • If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
    -Phil Pastoret
  • My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.
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