Are you thinking about bringing a dog into your life? Here are some important things to consider before you proceed.
Do make sure you have the time, energy, and physical ability to train and handle a dog. Dogs require a significant amount of time and energy; if your life is too busy to give them that, do not get one. You’ll only be hurting them in the long run.
If you want to adopt, do go through your local Humane Society, or seek a reputable rescue organization that will ensure you and the dog you’re interested in are a good match. For example, ALPL is an excellent rescue organization; they fully vet every dog that comes into their care, and they are completely transparent about all of their adoptable dogs.
Before you purchase or adopt, do your homework – especially if you’re a first-time dog owner. Research the breed – learn everything you can about it; not every breed is for everybody. Some breeds – like the Malinois, most Shepherds, Pyranees, and yes, even Standard Poodles – require experienced handlers who know how to work with their temperaments and provide strong, confident, consistent leadership at all times.
If you want a puppy, make sure you have the time for it. Just potty training involves taking the puppy out first thing in the morning – before their breakfast – after every meal, every drink, every nap, every play time, and right before bedtime. You will be doing this a dozen or more times every day, throughout the entire day. If you don’t have time for this – never mind making time for all the other training puppies need – do not get a puppy.
If you have questions, suggestions, or other insights, please comment. Your feedback is appreciated.
Have a great day, and remember to stay calm and lead on.