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|04-09-2009, 11:09 AM||#1|
Donating YT 4000 Club Member
Join Date: Jan 2006
[News] 10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog
The Animals | Animals News 10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog
10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog
1. Are there any size or weight restrictions on dogs within your condominium or community? Many won't allow dogs over 30-pounds.
2. Do you keep your home very warm? Some dogs are bothered by warm room temperatures. A Chihuahua would be a better choice than Shih Tzu in that case.
3. How much dog can you lift? A Pug is a happy-go-lucky companion but may weigh 18-pounds while a Yorkshire Terrier usually doesn't exceed 7-pounds.
4. How much grooming can you do? If arthritis is a problem, avoid longhaired breeds such as Pekingese or Maltese and look at short, smooth-haired dogs such as Toy Manchester Terrier. Beautiful coats are beautiful because they're groomed daily.
5. How much exercise does the dog need? Any Terrier is a high-energy dog requiring outdoor exercise. On the other hand, an English Toy Spaniel or Japanese Chin can get all the exercise they need inside an apartment.
6. Is the breed's temperament a good match with you? Some people find Toy Poodles too challenging and would do better with the sweet-tempered Papillon.
7. Are you prepared for the costs of dog ownership? The bare minimum estimate for dog ownership is $1 a day.
8. Can you acquire pet insurance? Many companies offer group rates to their employees and retirees.
9. Would being a "foster" owner satisfy your need for canine companionship? Even if you don't want to take a dog into your home, shelters always need people who can walk and play with the dogs or provide temporary housing.
10. Finally, have you considered what happens to your dog if you can't care for him? Toy breeds often live 15-years or longer. Be sure to include instructions in your will on how your pet should be placed.
With a little forethought and planning, you can select the right breed of dog for your lifestyle and enjoy many happy years together.
About the author: Former dog breeder and all-round dog person, Louise Louis now operates a website, toybreeds.com dedicated to helping people select the best small dog breed for their lifestyle.
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|04-09-2009, 11:58 AM||#2|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Good tips! All are factors that should be considered. Great post!!!
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|04-11-2009, 11:13 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Brooklyn, new York
Hello my name is Deborah and I finally purchased my yorkie on 3/2/09 and she is adorable, her name is Buttercup and she is 15 weeks old today. I had to take a break because I am just about at my wits with her potty training. She wee on the weewee pads, but when it comes to doing #2 she will use the weewee pad when she feels like it, but most time on the floor. She keeps trying to nip me and I know she is teething but that is unacceptable and I let her know it. She seems to have her own personality and sometimes can be very spiteful. I believe she knows I want her to use the weewee pad to do #2. I don't think she affililate the weewee pad with doing #2. Anyway it is a constant battle and I be so exhausted.
|04-14-2009, 09:58 AM||#4|
And Rylee Finnegan
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Metro Detroit, MI
That sounds like typical behavior to me.
Just replace your skin with a chew toy when she bites and continue to work on the potty training. Hey, my Yorkie is 7 (years, not months) and still goes inside when we don't watch her close enough.
Crystal, Ellie May, and Rylee