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Understanding dog behaviour before you get a dog!

Understanding dog behaviour. This cute puppy is a Samoyed and has a breed tendency to herd.

Understanding Dog Behaviour before getting a dog!

By now I hope you have read part one of this 5-part series that explains the 5 things you need to know before getting a dog. This post is all about understanding dog behaviour before becoming a dog parent.

This topic is very important to help you choose the right dog to bring home! It will help you decide if you can manage living with a dog and meeting his needs.

Every dog has an individual personality!

Dog behaviour, just like that of humans, is very complicated. So I recommend that you research the different breeds to learn about their physical and behavioural characteristics. Because then you can choose the breed that best matches your lifestyle! But keep in mind that when it comes to dog behaviour, there are general assumptions about each breed. However, research has shown that there is more variation of behaviour within a breed than between breeds. Here’s one article in Psychology Today by Marc Bekoff Ph.D that discusses this phenomenon. So it’s important that you understand that your future dog will have his own unique temperament and personality regardless of his breed. Plus, if you get a mixed breed or rescue dog, the behavioural characteristics are even more unpredictable! This is because you won’t know for sure what percentages of each breed are in the dog’s genetics, and how those will interact with each other.

Research breeds for general characteristics to understand dog behaviour.

This all being said, I highly recommend that you research various dog breeds to understand what each one is bred for and to discern their generally expected behavioural patterns. But even purebred dogs typically known to have certain personalities may not exhibit those traits. For example, you may get a Golden Retriever because they can be good with other dogs and children. However, to encourage that outcome, he will also need to be well socialized with people and pets inside your home and out in the wider world. Because dog behaviour varies within a breed, you need to be prepared for a dog of any breed to act with an individual tendency. This means you should expect the unexpected and understand how to help the dog relate well to all from the very beginning of ownership. As you can see, genetics alone do not dictate a dog’s disposition. His behaviour also depends on your ability to train and nurture your dog appropriately.

Be aware of your local dog owner regulations and by-laws.

And lastly, be aware of dog ownership liability. In many countries and regions local bylaws spell out dog ownership responsibilities to ensure that a dog does not physically injure any person or other people’s pets or property. So ultimately, you need to understand your dog’s breed traits and all facets of his individual personality to proactively address dangerous dog behaviours or situations, thus protecting public safety, and complying with the animal bylaws in your jurisdiction.

Coming soon! Budgeting for living with a dog.

In part III of this series, I will help you decide whether you can afford the yearly costs to care for a dog. Can you afford to maintain his quality of life for as long as he lives? In this segment, you will learn about the important costs involved with caring for a dog over his lifetime. Stay tuned!

Your dog happiness coach, Judy

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5 Things to know before getting a dog.

Loving dogs is not enough. What you need to know before getting a dog!

Welcoming a dog into your family is a huge decision! Not only for you and your loved ones, but for the well-being of the pet you bring home! So you will need to know 5 essential things before getting a dog.

Some people are simply charmed by the idea of a canine companion, and they don’t give it much thought beyond that! This can be a recipe for disaster. Unanticipated issues can arise, and sometimes the unfortunate dog must be surrendered to a shelter. Don’t let this happen to you! It is extremely upsetting to the family, and of course to the dog, who ends up back in a cage; confused, frightened, and lonely. Many shelters even euthanize the animal if no one comes to their rescue!

Because you are reading this blog, I know you are gathering information to make sure you won’t make such a mistake. The last thing you want to do is upset yourself, your children and leave the dog with an uncertain, even tragic, future. Keep reading and I will share the 5 crucial things you need to know before getting a dog. Then you can make an informed decision about whether to get a dog or not. After all, you want to offer your home to the dog for the rest of his life!

And by now you have read my prior posts about how to avoid puppy mills when looking to buy a puppy, and how to find high quality rescue agencies where you can more confidently adopt.

This is number one of a 5-part series. Each segment will provide you with valuable insight into what to consider prior to becoming a dog parent.

This first blog will introduce you to these 5 important considerations. And I will explain the factors that determine if your lifestyle is suitable to living with a dog.

Even if you already have a dog…

Of course, if you already have a dog, you will still find much of the information valuable, either for yourself or for sharing with friends or family. So I encourage you to share the link to this blog with anyone you know who has said that they are thinking about getting a dog– then they can help break this cycle too!

Now let us dive into the first post of this series!

You can help prevent dogs being surrendered to dog shelters!

As you know, there are far too many dogs living in shelters or foster care that desperately need homes. And, as dog lovers, we can all help prevent dogs from being placed in shelters in the first place. So you are likely wondering, how can you help?

Help break the cycle of dogs living in shelters!

When you understand the 5 things you need to know before getting a dog, you will actually contribute to the breaking of this cycle! Your research here means you have a better chance of either choosing the right dog for your lifestyle, or determining now is not the right time for you to get a dog.

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An indoor dog agility game- fun for your entire family!

Fun indoor dog agility game.

A great way for your children to have fun with your dog!

Given that we are not travelling because of COVID-19, I wanted to find a game to play with Roxy at home. So I was thrilled when I found this indoor dog agility game! And it’s also a great activity for you and your children to do with your dog! So let me tell you all about it!

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You can get online veterinarian services 24/7!

Dogs can stay healthy with online veterinarian services.

As a dog parent, you hope your dog will never need medical care, beyond the basics. Your life is already busy enough just powering through your work days, and then dedicating precious time for your family and dogs! So I am about to share a new online vet service that allows you the flexibility to access convenient, exceptional online veterinarian services should you need them!

Please see my affiliate program disclosure at the end of this blog.

Why use online veterinarian services?

And you might be wondering: why go online for veterinarian services? Especially if you are aware of a number of clinics right in your own neighbourhood! One reason is the typical delay in getting an appointment quickly, especially if the need is not urgent. And another reason is the isolation and loneliness of people during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. This has sparked a sudden explosion of new pet parents and a corresponding scarcity of veterinarian services. In fact, many clinics are so booked up that they are not accepting new clients at all!

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A dog grooming table to use at home!

This is the small size  PawHut dog grooming table that I used to groom my mini-poodle.

Grooming your dog at home during COVID-19 second wave!

As you may recall, last spring I wrote a two-part series on grooming your dog during COVID-19 because dog groomers were closed. And again due to the pandemic, dog groomers are shuttered in many regions.

Given that I must get used to grooming Roxy myself for a while yet, I wanted to make the process easier for both of us. So I decided I should get a dog grooming table that is designed for home use. And honestly, I never thought that I would want a dog grooming table! Mostly because I thought it would be too expensive and take up too much space to store it. But then I found myself needing one under these unusual circumstances.

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Dog Rescue Agencies: How to find the good ones!

In this post, you will learn how the dog rescue industry operates, how to recognize fraudulent pet rescue organizations, and how to locate good quality agencies to find the right dog for you!

This cute dog was rescued when he was 6 years old in 2014! He's he's now 12 years old and is happy and healthy in his forever home 6 years later!

So you have decided to rescue a dog from a shelter? That’s pretty exciting to know that you will be adopting a dog in need of a forever home!

In the initial blog of this series, I discussed how to recognize puppy mills and backyard breeders. And I provided some tips on how to search for a reputable breeder if you were planning on buying a puppy. So now in the second post of this three-part series, I will provide you with some guidelines on how to avoid unethical and mismanaged dog rescue agencies. Plus I will provide you tips on how to find a high-quality dog rescue organization.

And it’s important to understand that when planning to rescue a dog, you need to be patient and dedicate some time to find the right dog from a good quality agency. Be prepared for some disappointment along the way. But if you keep at it, you will increase the odds of finding the right dog for you!

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A Pet Calming Bed For Your Cat too!

Cat in a high quality pet calming bed

Judy’s Cat loves this pet calming bed as much as Roxy!

As you know, I recently posted my review of this Dog Calming Bed that I received as a gift from DogPetSmart.com. And I told you how this bed is so luxurious and high quality. Plus you saw how much Roxy loves it and how it calmed her down immediately after playing rough with the bed. But I didn’t mention that this pet calming bed is a great cat bed for the felines in your life too! Please see my affiliate disclosure at the end of this post.

Since this cosy bed arrived, I have kept it on the floor in my living room for Roxy and any of my visiting clients’ dogs to use whenever they want to. And right from that first day, my cat basically decided it was her bed too!

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Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders: Avoid them.

Puppies could be from puppy mills and backyard breeders

You decided to get a puppy

So you have decided that you want to bring a dog into your life! Maybe you currently have a dog and are planning to add a puppy into your home. That can be a wonderful thing! But it’s a complicated world these days! Continue reading this blog to help you recognize and avoid puppy mills, backyard breeders and illegal individual criminals selling puppies.

The demand for companion dogs in North America has exploded in the last 10 years. And even more so during these isolating times of Coronavirus. This heightened desire for companion dogs has consequently driven up the volume of puppy mills, backyard breeders and criminal dog trade activity.

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A Dog Calming Bed that’s high quality!

Mini-Poodle relaxing in the Dog Calming Bed by DogPetSmart.

Roxy loves her new dog bed!

DogPetSmart reached out to ask me to test and review their dog calming bed. So they sent me a free sample to test of this dog bed. And Roxy and I are so glad we got to see it and touch it in person!

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A dog grooming brush-blow dryer

Recently, I took you on my journey of grooming Roxy while dog groomers were closed down due to COVID-19. Well since then I learned about a dog grooming 2-in-1 brush-blow dryer, and I had to test it out! So I ordered it from Amazon.

The Ownpet 2-in-1 Pet brush-bllow Dryer

Ownpets 2-in-1 Pet Blow Dryer

A dog grooming 2-in-1 brush and blow dryer combined!

Beautiful summer weather invites our dogs to roll in the grass, among many other messy canine activities! So I knew that Roxy was going to need a bath before her next grooming appointment. But every time she had a bath, it was always difficult to blow dry her fur. It required holding a brush in one hand, and holding the blow dryer in the other hand. This two-handed method meant I had to periodically stop blow drying in order to brush through tangles. And only then could I resume blow drying her fur.

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