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Buying a Dog

Well, now, lets consider the dogs options. The pound (shelter); dog, if very lucky is discovered by some loving human and taken to a new home and lives happily ever-after, (not very likely, and not very often), dog is discovered, taken to a new home (not much better than the first). and cycles through to the pound once again or on to one of the other human options. The dog is not discovered by anyone and in a very short, few days is put to death, (lovingly referred to as “put to sleep”)Let the dog lose; great options here for the dog, it gets to roam the neighborhood, and winds up hit by a vehicle and becomes road kill, chased from one trash can to another, joins a pack of other dogs living a life of hunger, disease. infestation, and eventual painful lonely death, or gets picked up by the animal shelter to be processed once again through the system and sent through those terrible but few options. There is one other alternative to the hit by a vehicle option mentioned above, not dead, meaning hurt, crippled, in pain with no care, no veterinarian, no medication, etc.

Keep the dog and punish it when it does what you feel is not appropriate; this option also gives the dog great latitude in it’s own range of options. It can continue to be ignorant ofjust what the human (who does not have the time or patience to teach it) considers to be right or wrong behavior and be confronted daily with a beating, or some other form of punishment, for the wrong behavioral response or action, or it can run away to escape the unpleasant situation, thus displacing it to the same realm of options afforded it in the “Let the dog lose” scenario.

Wow! are we all up for those set of choices. Well, every minute of every hour of every day, some people do just those things. Aren’t homosapiens something else? Even as you read this, somewhere, someone is mistreating a dog in some way due to the inability and unwillingness to address the simplest of questions:

  • Do I Want A Dog?
  • Can I Take Care of A Dog?
  • Do I Have The Time to Take Care Of A Dog?
  • Am I Willing To Give Up many hours to train this dog to socially reside with me
  • and other people?
  • Am I willing to continue with a long time commitment to the training process?
  • Do I have the room for a dog and the proper area to keep it?
  • Do I have the temperament needed to train the dog without blowing it’s mind,
  • along with mine?
  • Do I have the control of temper, and temperament necessary to train, especially
  • if things should get difficult?

You should ask yourself these questions right now, and answer them honestly. As a long time breeder, I do, of every potential puppy buyer that comes around. And after all the questions above, along with many more, including, financial ability, safety of the area of domicile for the dog, etc., I still leave the buyer with an option not considered in the equations mentioned above, I demand in contractual writing the “First Right of Refusal”.

In simple terms it gives the breeder, (me), the first choice to take the dog back (should the owner decide to part ways with the dog for any reason, i.e.: hardship, location change, etc.), before anyone else, and before any other option is set into motion. The dog then has a fighting chance, as time is taken to find the best home once again. If the right home can not be found, the dog remains with us, taken care of. In this way I am reasonably assured that any puppy I bring into the world will not wind up in the pound or homeless. (unfortunately I can’t be 100% assured).

Dogs, as gifts, are even more susceptible to the “options” of humans. Most are given with the greatest of intentions and affection, but without consideration of the listed questions above. The responsibility taken on in the every day care of a dog is large, but for a child, it’s enormous, and oft-times overwhelming. Even the most ambitious of children many-times become bored, and left feeling tied down to the dog and thus taking frustrations out on the animal, and the only one to suffer is, guess who? the dog. It’s a special child that will do what he or she says when it comes to continual care for an animal. It is the parent that must exercise the final control and make the determination to bring one into the family, and then monitor the ongoing situation, and be willing and able to take over the care and maintenance should that time come about. So, ask yourself the questions, as well as your child, before making the choice, and above all, be honest to yourself and the dog. Remember, most kids know only what they feel and want right now, and can not even dream of not being able to care for the animal, let alone foresee the possible consequences.

You have complete control over the dog at this point in time, and you place its life in your hands just as surely as if it were your own.

I think I’ve dwelled on this topic long enough. I’m sure you get the point by now. Please pass it along to friends and family, so they can pass it on, and so on. Maybe, just maybe, a dog somewhere will benefit from it.


New Puppy Checklist

Now that you have gotten past the starting point, which is making your decision to get and train a puppy, (and by the way congratulations) and you have purchased everything the breeder told you that you needed, i.e.: what kind of food, leash, collar, I.D. tag, etc., its time to get past those few basics and make sure you have taken care of every thing else the new puppy will need just before you take it home…read more

Training a New Puppy

Dogs are not unlike people in many respects., many breeds appear to become bored with repetition more quickly. If you can’t make it interesting and different from time to time, you may lose their attention. They seem to almost have a need, to know the reason for having to learn certain things. There are several methods or ideas to inject different and interesting training procedures to help keep your dog enthused.Starting out with a regimented schedule is …read more

Where To Train Your Dog

As indicated previously, your locations of training should change as often as possible once you have finished the initial process of getting your dog comfortable with the training procedures. There are certain rules to follow, which can make your training sessions go much easier, and also help to keep your dog interested and attentive…read more

Where Not To Train Your Dog

In the previous chapters, we have dealt somewhat with this topic. Let’s get into it a bit more here. As mentioned earlier, the most important message I can give you, is to pick a safe place to train. Not only for your dog, but for you also. It your attempt to find different locations to vary the training session, never train in unlighted areas at night, or any other place that you would not go to even if you were not training…read more

When Not to Train Your Dog

There are certain times that training should be curtailed. These times are sometimes the most elusive of all to not only understand, but to implement. It’s difficult for a trainer to admit that, “today, I am not capable of training” for some reason or another. It’s also difficult to say that in relation to your dog. i.e.:” My dog is not capable of learning what I am training today.”…read more

Varying The Training Locations

The old saying, “variety is the spice of life”, rings true in the world of dog training as well. Arctic breeds have a propensity toward “attention deficit disorder”, or so it would seem, sometimes. In reality, they just, plain, get bored with repetition, and redundancy, as do I, sometimes. Don’t you? In order to avoid this situation, there are several ways to keep your dogs attention…read more

How to Distinguish and Identify Dog Temperaments

As trainers, it is incumbent upon us to get to know our dog as well as possible. We need to understand their moods, reactions to specific stimuli, and the periods of their ups and downs. This includes everyday living experiences, not just during
training. These observations and understandings will help you in your training. Coupled with the above, is knowing what temperament you are dealing with. In order to deal with a certain temperament…read more

What to expect From Your Dog

Today, more and more, we find that people expect unbelievable feats of accomplishment from all aspects of life than were previously though reasonable. Many things contribute to this strain on humans and animals alike. Television, Movies, News Broadcasts, and sensational specials, depict animals in feats of daring, and performing acts that only the most advanced trainers should attempt…read more



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