*Are you looking for general information about how to live and work with your dog?
*Not sure what you are looking for?
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Below are a few suggestions....
*Puppy Owner Education
*Bringing a Rescue into your life
*Baby (human) comes Home; how to prepare your dogs for the big life change
*Puppy/Adult dog temperament evaluations
*Working/Competition Dog evaluations
*Managing Multi-dog household.
Are you considering adding a dog to your life?
Here are a few ideas to consider,first....
Acquiring a dog of any age is a large decision - and it should involve a carefully thought-out plan before the dog arrives into your household.
How do you choose the Perfect Dog?
This depends upon your lifestyle, your family life and your past experience of working with dogs.
A few things to consider:
1. Research the breeder or adoption group.
*Does the breeder or adoption group offer to take the dog back at any time, if things do not work out?
*If purchasing from a breeder, what lines (working/conformation/sport competition) does the breeder use in his/her breeding program?.
If you are looking for a quiet canine companion, a puppy from working or competition lines may be more dog than you have time or money to invest into training.
*Does the adoption or rescue group preform temperament or behavioral assessments
These assessments are used to help make the best matches between the dog and prespective owner.
2. Research breed and group characteristics.
Whether your future dog is purebred or All-American,learn what are the traits common to the breed and Breed Group.
3. Dogs are individuals.
Don't use beauty as the qualifier for selecting a 'good dog'. A stable temperament suitable to your life and family should be your primary consideration.
4. Buy Local.
Looking for a purebred?
Contact local or the national breed club to find breeders within driving distance to your home.
Thinking of adopting a rescue?
Use the internet to locate shelters and rescues near you - then go and look at dogs.
When considering a dog via the Net
The Internet can be a terrific source for information but when purchasing a live animal, I strongly recommend for prospective dog owners to make the physical effort to actually go to visit and spend some time with the animal.
The chemistry between you and the dog should feel right; after all, you should be thinking long term relationship.
You want to make sure that this dog matches with you emotionally, mentally and physically. The majority of people when thinking of adopting a rescue are considering a family companion, not a Master's thesis in Behavioral Modification.
5. If you are a first time dog owner or are unsure about what you should look for in a dog, seek out a qualified professional.
A qualified and knowledgable canine professional can help you by asking you to consider
*...your future goals for this dog;
will this dog be a family companion, a working dog , or competition prospect ?
*...what emotional and physical traits are important for your future prospect?
Puppy and adult dog temperament tests are not cast in stone, but they do reveal a great deal about the individual dog. Especially for families with children under the age of 12, a behavioral assessment should be considered a priority when selecting the dog or puppy.
Hopefully you have found this information helpful. If you have further questions, contact me for more information.