Category Archives: 05 – Know What You’re Getting Into

Poisonous Foods for Dogs

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*A list of poisonous foods for dogs Continue reading

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Dog-[Un]Friendly?

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*Sadly, we can’t expect everyone to be pet-friendly! As a pet owner you need to make the difficult choice of what is best for everyone.
*Travel research! Continue reading

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Lolly the Scaredy-Pup, Spaying/Neutering

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*Lolly is entering her second fear period… early?
*She is scheduled to be spayed this coming Friday. Poor Lolly-pup! She is also getting her microchip put in, and her umbilical hernia removed while she is under anesthesia.
*The benefits of getting your dog spayed/neutered far outweigh the costs! Continue reading

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16 weeks, The Teenage Stage

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*16 weeks is the beginning of the “teenage” stage. Lolly is definitely fitting the description!
*full out teething and chewing, ‘the maddies’, more confidence, more coordination, approximately 1/2 of their full size, and some of the adult coat appearing. Continue reading

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How does your dog most enhance your life?

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*Article on why dogs are so great for us! Continue reading

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Pet-sitting, a Test Run for the Real Thing?

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*Puppy sitting gives you a good idea of what you’re getting into, and puts all your research to the test! Continue reading

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Dogs and UTIs

Lenin came across an interesting article, I thought I’d share it with you: “YOUR WHOLE PET / Your dog’s bladder infection: Don’t guess when you can know” This was the most important/disturbing parts that I took note of: “… a … Continue reading

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Learning about Dog Foods

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*We’re all moved in!
*Talk with your local pet stores, get a feel for them, ask their advice.
*Dog food – if it’s well-known, you probably don’t want it.
*Dog foods that have great ratings/are well recommended: Natures Variety – Prairie, Nature’s Variety – Instinct, Innova EVO, etc. Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ for ratings of brands by you.
*Get a variety of food – different brands, different types, dry and wet, cooked and raw. Continue reading

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Ok, I have a list of breeders now, what next?

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*Go to a local dog show. Not only can it be fun to see all the different breeds, but it can be educational too. You’ll get to see your breed up close, talk to their owners about their experiences, and possibly meet more breeders. Check out Infodog.com!
*Contact your list of breeders (whether recommended from your breed steward, people you know, you met at the dog show, etc). Try to get on 4-5 lists for puppies, since you never know what may happen.
*Show them you know what you’re doing, and that you’re committed to being a good owner to their dogs. Do the research, and show them you know the research by keeping in contact with them and asking questions. Remember the saying “out of sight, out of mind”? Well, if you keep in contact, they’ll be sure to remember you! Continue reading

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So… How do I find a responsible breeder?

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*Finding a responsible breeder isn’t easy, but don’t give up – research, research, research! Breeders can look legit, even have nice websites, but remember a true breeder doesn’t care about the money, they care about the breed.
*Breeders should care a lot about your future dog – almost too much! They should want to get to know you, your living situation, etc. And they should want to answer any of your questions and want to remain available to you during the course of your dog’s life. If for any reason you’re unable to keep your dog, a responsible breeder will agree (if not insist) to take the dog back.
*I STRONGLY recommend reading “Before & After Getting Your Puppy” by Dr. Ian Dunbar!!! His insight is amazing and you will feel infinitely more prepared for your dog!
*For future Berner owners: Check out Berner.org, the Berner-L group on yahoo, and reach out to the breed stewards! Their aid is priceless! Continue reading

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