Training will not supersede the essence of the dog’s character or activity level. The solution for this is simple: Know what energy level you are able to handle for the next 10 years, and then choose a puppy or adult dog accordingly.
Don’t expect to bend the will and nature of the dog’s spirit, because you won’t succeed.
‘It’s my child’s dog’
Parents, take note. No matter how much your child wants to be involved with obtaining, training and caring for a dog, the ultimate responsibility is yours.
Should your child be involved? Absolutely, but at best it is a joint project, and as your child continues to grow and develop other interests, the family dog will continue to require care, training and companionship, and that’s on you.
So, if you do not have the time or interest to take on a new furry family member, skip the puppy and get your child a goldfish.
‘She’s not a dog, she’s a person’
Contrary to current pop culture trends, dogs do not need or enjoy being dressed in costumes, spritzed with cologne or used as an accessory for an outfit. No matter the breed or size, dogs are canines, and to ignore their needs as a species is to do them a great disservice. Dogs will put up with all manner of ridiculous things we people thrust upon them, but embracing and providing your dog with what her true canine needs are is what takes your relationship with her to the next level.
Lisa Moore writes a pet behavior column for The Modesto Bee in Modesto, Bee, Calif.