A New Puppy in the House
Well, Congratulations, I think. As a trainer, and an old lady, puppies in my home are not something I seek out.
However, stuff happens, and two years ago I also had a new puppy to raise due to circumstances beyond my control.
Now that we are rounding the corner on another year, I know a lot of people are going to be getting puppies for Christmas. I really pray that these "gifted puppies" are not a surprise to the recipient.
So, about puppies and dog raising in general. Before you get a puppy, please take a very realistic look at your lifestyle. Then when you decide to select a puppy, I also pray you are shopping at rescue shelters only.
It is very important to do background search on the breed or predominant breed of the puppy you choose. Many breeds are really not appropriate for different age groups, certain lifestyles, etc.
Fewer puppies will become abandoned if you go into this knowing what to expect, and really set your schedule to make it all come together.
All puppies are blank slates, and there is a really huge amount of work required to have a well rounded adult dog.
If you would like to talk about this further, you are welcome to call me at All Creatures Country Club.
Duke has been the reason for the season all along. In 1992, we rescued a darling puppy from a barn situation who grew up to be the greatest trial and love of our lives.