Today I want to talk about the reasons why you should not get a dog. Do not think that I regret that in due time we got this little tail. No, I was ready for his appearance, I did not doubt for a second and do not doubt my choice, although I had to face considerable problems.
But I would like to tell from my personal experience how hard work and responsibility it is to own a dog. I hope that my story will make those who dream of a dog think about making the right and balanced decision. And then, perhaps, at least one unfortunate animal will be less.
Very often, when I walk with my Jack, I hear these phrases: “Oh, what a nice dog! We also want to have the same and have fun with him! ”
At the very beginning, when Jack had just appeared, I would be “FOR” with both hands. But now, over the years, I would strongly doubt such, sometimes careless, impulse of many who want to have a four-legged pet.
I NEVER persuade people to take such a step, but on the contrary, I try once again to question such impulses of passers-by, talking about everyday everyday life and possible problems. I see that my story sometimes just plunges people into a little shock, since they don’t even suspect what they might actually encounter.
Watching a beautiful picture, as the owner leads on the leash of his obedient pet, many sometimes do not even suspect the presence of the reverse side of this coin. Faced with difficulties, at best, they begin to look for a new home for the failed pet. At worst, they simply throw an unfortunate creature out onto the street, condemning him to hunger, vagrancy, distrust of people because of betrayal and certain death.
So, the reasons why you should not get a dog:
- You have to completely, no, you do not understand: TOTALLY change your usual way of life. You will need to adapt to the rhythm of your pet's life. You will not have YOUR weekend now. Sleep on the weekend will not succeed. You will not sleep as much as YOU want, but how much your dog will sleep.
- Oh yes! You will not be able to get enough sleep either. You will learn to sleep in an uncomfortable position and roll over so as not to disturb the dog ... And he can also snore and fart under your nose (although this is probably a plus - there is always someone to blame). Plus, if the dog sleeps with you, hairs, drooling will settle on the bed ...
- Your bedroom will turn from a romantic nest into a playground.
- Do you hate cold, rain or heat? Ahaha! You will have to love them, because in any cold and rainfall, you will have to wander outside in order to walk your pet at least 2 times a day (and a growing baby 5, or even 7 times a day).
- By the way, from time to time, at night you also have to walk! Most likely, you only dreamed about it ...
- Do you still dream of how beautifully dressed up, wearing heels, you will walk your dog on the boulevard ?! I will tell you a big secret - this will not happen. Your wardrobe will gradually turn into worker's and peasant clothes: jeans, comfortable sneakers, a sports jacket ... Rubber boots will definitely appear in your wardrobe. In general, all that in which it will be convenient to walk with the dog. And you will not walk along the alley, but through the thickets - where the dog likes to walk. Get ready after such walks to wash your shoes from the "mines".
- You will have to carry out thorough dry cleaning of your car almost every day, otherwise it will turn into a “fluffy blanket”. Well-dressed people will definitely not want to sit there. For the same reason, your wardrobe will also turn not into beautiful and stylish, but into comfortable and “so that the coat does not stick.”
- It’s good if you have a small dog, which after each walk you can easily “throw” into the bathroom to wash your feet and belly thoroughly. And if you like big dogs, well, like “calves” they say, they will weigh you three times more. It goes without saying that there can be no question of any bathroom after a walk. In the best case, a basin to wash and wipe the paws at the threshold. Of course, such a “wash” does not achieve perfect cleanliness. Therefore, get ready that in addition to wool, the house will constantly have sand and particles of dirt.
- You have to get up in the morning (before work) at least an hour earlier to walk and feed your pet. In the evening, you can’t calmly wander around the mall or chat with friends in a cafe, because for the same reason you will need to run home more quickly.
- Be prepared for the fact that passers-by will look at you as an idiot when you persuade your dog to poop.
- Get ready for a constant feeling of guilt in front of the dog. She sits all day at home alone and is terribly bored. When you return from work, you will want to relax, lie down, and then the dog, who is waiting for you to play with him, paid him maximum attention. He will start to bring you toys from the doorway, annoyingly bale you with a cold cold nose ... Are you tired ... You don’t care about him ... Then he will just sit there and look at you piteously ... Are you feeling uneasy?
- Be prepared that you will always have someone getting confused: do you cook, just go to the next room. You won’t even go to the toilet alone ... By the way, do you know why the dog constantly follows the owner? Not? Then read and see: Why the dog goes to the toilet for the owner!
- You will hate the New Year holidays, as your dog is just panicky afraid of salutes. With an explosion of firecrackers, how much light will you fire for those who invented them and start them, because your dog cannot go to the toilet due to stress ...
- A dog is an additional source of expenses. At least 3-5 thousand a month you will have to go for food, toys, sweets, clothes (yes, pets also need it, since these are living creatures and they also freeze).
- And toys ... In your childhood you did not have as many toys as your dog will have. And this is not a luxury - it is a necessity to occupy a dog so that it does not devour your things from boredom. Toys will be scattered throughout the house. You have to constantly look under your feet so as not to step on any deer horn ...
- When you take a puppy, do not hope that he should know and be able to. A puppy is the same child. He also needs to clean up the poop, he also needs to be taught everything, taken to the dog "kindergarten", cynological and training schools. Only in this way will you get a well-bred dog that will know what you want from it. If you don’t study and teach your dog, a stupid animal will grow up that will only annoy you. And you won’t even understand that it’s not the dog who’s to blame ... Only YOU are to blame ...
- You will need endless and enormous patience, so as not to fall for your pet if he doesn’t succeed or has done something ... In no case should you shout, let alone beat a dog. In this way you will only achieve that the dog will become embittered with you, and your relationship will not work out. Be prepared, gritting your teeth, repeat 100-1000 times the same command.
- Be prepared with clenched teeth to clean the poop from the bed. Be prepared, grit your teeth, do not yell at the dog if you come home, and there is a pogrom ... Yes, yes ... Be prepared that you will come home, and there you will find an eaten sofa, gnawed furniture, upturned flowers ... There is no sense to swear ... everything has already happened ... Do not flatter yourself, the very same picture may await you the next day. You will ask why? After all, I left so many toys ... It's not about the toys. There are many reasons for this: stress due to lack of owners, boredom and lack of knowledge of how to entertain yourself, rare loads (the dog is simply forced to spend energy at home), etc., etc ...
- Completely forgot! Be prepared to hear from your neighbors that your dog “got sick of everyone,” because all day, while you are at work, he barks and howls heartily.
- Be prepared to do wet cleaning every day, because (especially during molting) the wool will be around ... And it's not just Christmas needles in the first week after the New Year. This is every day for the next 15, or even more years.
- On a walk in nature, you cannot fully enjoy your vacation. There should always be a dog in your field of vision: didn’t it run away, did it gobble up something from the ground, didn’t it bother passers-by ... And these are not simple words, because passers-by can hurt an animal, just kick it ...
- Eating problems. You will say: “Oh, well - nonsense! I will feed my dog dry food - simple and easy! ” Yes NIFIGA nothing like that! Recently, more and more artificial feeds leave much to be desired. In many dogs, the body simply refuses to accept this advertised food source. And then you have to "from" and "to" to study all the subtleties of natural nutrition. You have to constantly take care that the pet has something to feed. You will begin to understand the anatomy of a cow, lamb, poultry ... Learn how to process a beef scar without a gas mask ... you do not know what a beef scar is? Go to the market, ask him to smell ... You will not start to care about the cake, but how to cook beef trachea, and why the dog had diarrhea after it ...
- You will have to buy a large refrigerator to allocate a separate place for your pet’s meat products ... You will learn to understand various food systems ... Puzzling, in what proportion is it right to mix the products ...
- You will simply be chained to your dog. You will not be able to sit longer with friends, since you will need to run home to walk and feed your pet. Or, in general, to decline invitations, where it can not be taken with you. From any holiday you will be in a hurry home with the words: "I can not stay, I have a dog." Soon you will no longer be invited at all ... Therefore, get ready to meet all the holidays exclusively in the arms of your beloved dog.
- You will no longer be able to just “break loose” and fly on vacation by a “burning” ticket. You will have to plan your vacation in advance. Plus, spending on vacation in any case will increase, whether you decide to take your pet with you or leave it in the city. If you decide to take the four-legged with you: this is the search for a hotel where you will be allowed with an animal, additional expenses for room service after the animal. Plus plane tickets for a pet (which, I tell you, will cost almost the same as yours). I'm not talking about the hustle and bustle about the rules of transportation, the choice of carrying, and so on ... If the dog stays in the city for the duration of your vacation, you need to choose a good hotel for dogs in advance (and this is also an additional expense), or find a brave relative who agrees to "sit" with your tailed friend.
- And if the dog gets sick ... We do not have free animal health care. Any veterinary treatment costs oh how expensive. Therefore, in the next 15 years, be prepared that at any time your budget can be devastated by a tidy amount.
- Be prepared for the fact that dogs get sick, they have diarrhea, vomiting, allergies, problems with the gastrointestinal tract, and cancer. Are you ready to care for a sick dog? And this may not be a common cold, but a serious illness from which a pet can die.
- Even if you take good care of the dog, you won’t be able to foresee everything: other dogs might suddenly attack your pet, or the leash will break, and your beloved friend may die under the wheels of the car ...
- The life of dogs is much shorter than human. Sooner or later you will have to experience the moment when your beloved pet will die in your arms, looking into your eyes ... Are you ready for this?
- Do you know dogs age too? Perhaps for several years, you will have to look after the old dog: carry it in your arms outside, wipe it after it if it accidentally crap one's pants in the elevator. Easy to clean poop when the tail is still small. But when it is old and smells bad ... An old dog lives in our house, who sees poorly, walks poorly. After he drove in the elevator, it is impossible to enter it without a gas mask. He is physically unable to get beyond the house lawn. Are you ready for this?
- In general, your everyday life will turn into a solid: get up early, walk, wash after a walk, feed the dog, run to work, think at work how the dog is there - didn’t you chew, run away from work, walk, wash after the walk, feed, play and engage with the dog, cook the dog (and, if you have enough strength, yourself) ... sleep ...
- Your weekend is almost the same as weekdays, with the exception of not running to work, but paying attention to household members (the dog is on the same list). If we all go for a walk together - be sure to watch the dog.
- You will begin to rejoice not in new shoes or a blouse, but in the fact that the first fang fell out, that the mustache on the lower jaw on the left has grown, that the wart has resolved by itself ...
- If you are not embarrassed by all my arguments, and you still decided to get a dog, a huge request: pass an allergy test. Recently, I have often seen announcements: “The best friend is given out because someone in the family has an allergy.” So why the hell did you take the dog ?! Have you played enough, are you tired?
- Or even "better" ads: "They took it, but there is no time to deal with the dog ...". What were you thinking ?! There is no time - the dog has grown up as a naughty creature, not able to behave with people and other dogs, bites, does not execute the command. Yes, you yourself, my dear "owners", are to blame because you did not raise an animal ... And then it begins: "I will give it only to a specialist who knows how to find an approach to a dog ...". Yes, at any age, a loving and competent owner will be able to find an approach to any, even the most "unfit" animal. But he will need a lot of time, strength, patience, and most importantly - love, to adjust what you have not enough dog. Any animal becomes "unfit" only through the fault of man ... All tails are born good and cute. What behavior algorithm YOU graft the four-legged, so it will be.
Surely, the bulk of my post is read by those who already have a dog. Those who are just thinking about buying a four-legged, most likely do not think about what really awaits them.
If after reading the article you weren’t afraid, and still decided to get a dog, I advise you to look at the 15 basic rules of etiquette for each dog breeder!
From my own, already many years of experience, I can confidently say that there are many reasons for not having a dog, but no less than the positive aspects in the appearance of a dog in your house. About it next time.
But I want to ask about one thing: NEVER TALK TO TAKE A DOG ... Better tell us about the difficulties that potential dog owners may encounter, tell us that having a dog is a huge work and restricting yourself everywhere and in everything, of your own time!
If they are ready for them, welcome to our world of dog breeders! Well, if someone doubts whether it is worth getting a dog, then consider that at least one ponytail will definitely get to those who will love and understand it!
What your pet needs
- Name collar or name tag (a very useful thing in case your pet is lost, in addition to the name of the pet, do not forget to add your phone to the tag).
- Dog food and medicine.
- A bowl for food (best if it is stainless steel).
- Toys (it’s better to immediately buy more, ten pieces).
- Nail clippers.
- Lounger or cabin for your pet.
- Time (yours).
Of course, from the very beginning you should choose a name for your pet. Choose carefully.It is good if the name is not too long (ideally, the name should have two syllables) and does not rhyme with "no", "lie", "voice" and so on. You don’t want your pet to get confused while teaching teams?
Make sure that the dog has its own corner in the house, where she will feel comfortable and safe.
Start training your pet with simple commands: “sit,” “stand,” “not,” and the like. The sooner you teach your pet to be disciplined, the easier it will be for you to get along with him. He will not only become trained, but also become attached to you, will see the owner in you.
Do not forget that socialization is necessary not only for people, but also for dogs. Let your pet play with other dogs. Also, never forget to praise your pet for the successes it makes.
Do not forget about the mode, try to bring the dog for a walk at the same time. This will help the dog to get used to and adapt, and you will have much less “unexpected events” at home.
Do not forget about how important it is to find a good veterinarian, whom you will have the opportunity to contact if necessary. Be sure to ensure that the puppy has all the necessary vaccinations. Also make sure your pet does not have worms, fleas or ticks.
Fleas are a real torment for dogs. Constant itching can drive your pet crazy. And since dogs are often outside and play with other dogs, picking up fleas is not so difficult.
Ticks also attack that can happen to your dog. Inspect your pet every time after a walk.
Take care of your dog. It is important for dogs to regularly comb and get rid of fallen wool.
Although dogs, unlike cats, love to swim, but there are still exceptions. So teach your pet to swim from an early age. Be sure to buy a shampoo for dogs, and if you bathe a dog in the bathroom, then do not forget to buy a rubber mat so that the pet does not slip. The dog does not need to be bathed too often, unless, of course, it is not a natural muck.
Do not forget how important it is to trim the dog's claws. There will be no clues on your carpets, and no scratches on parquet floors and your hands.
And of course, do not forget about the most necessary: the dog should always have a bowl of water and food. Do not save on food for your pet - choose the best that you can afford.
Remember that puppies should be fed more often than adult dogs, however, portions should be smaller.
Consult with your veterinarian, as much here depends on the breed of the dog. But remember: overeating is absolutely dangerous for all dogs.
Also be sure to find out which foods are toxic to your pet's breed. These products can be, for example, chocolate, flour products, raisins, grapes, xylitol (sugar substitute). If your dog loves one of the prohibited foods, then never leave it in a place accessible to the pet.
Make sure your puppy has toys, including chewing bone. So the risk that the pet wants to chew on your favorite sneakers will decrease slightly.
I would like to add something for young people. Not for couples, but for young and single people who decide to get a dog. A dog is a HUGE responsibility. To some extent, it will limit your freedom.
There will be no more spontaneous trips out of town with friends for a few days. Before this, it will be necessary to prepare, find people who agree to look after your pet. You will have to say “no” to funny gatherings with colleagues after work, or at least you will need to call home in advance to feed your pet and take a walk with it.
You will not be able to sweetly soak in the crib until 11 a.m. on weekends, because your dog will ask to go outside.
If you still have no obligations to anyone, then the dog will help you get this invaluable experience.
You will learn to be responsible for a living creature. You will learn to plan your time and your affairs.
So if you are a young and lonely person who wants to get a dog, I would advise you to think twice. And if you are really sure that you will cope with this responsibility, then go for it.
Dog is expensive
Remember that a dog is expensive: you can not save on food, you need to often show the dog to the veterinarian, and the older your pet gets, the more often he will go to the clinic and the more expensive medications he will need.
A four-legged friend is a great joy, but be sure that you can provide your pet with proper care.
The dog should be right for you
You and the pet should fit together. For example, if you lead an active lifestyle and go jogging daily, choose a dog of the breed that will be happy to keep you company.
It should also be borne in mind that some dog breeds are by nature imperious and can even “build” a person. If you still do not have experience with a dog, then you are unlikely to be able to curb the temper of such a pet.
Having brought a dog into the house, you will bring a new member of the family who will not be able to sit locked up for days on end. The dog wants to spend time with his family, needs love and affection.
You can’t just wave it off - it needs to be given time.
If you have children, then you should choose a breed of dog that is easy to get along with children, loves to play with them and even, perhaps, can become a guard for them.
Patience, only patience
The most important thing is patience. Your puppy can not tolerate the street and do their business at home. He can mess, scatter and nibble your things. You will have to clean your house more often.
The puppy may catch some infection and require additional care.
The more attention you pay to your pet, the more time you spend with it, the stronger it becomes attached to you, and you - to it.
Patience, a little patience. Your pet deserves to make such sacrifices for it.
Do you have a dog? What can you advise to those who are just about to make a four-legged friend?
When you start a dog, you seem to be at a fork in two roads. One seems difficult, with holes and bumps, and the other is simple and smooth. But very often, people have no idea what path they take, as if they were blindfolded. Some people think that they are choosing the difficult path, but in fact they are going in a straight and straight line, others want to avoid difficulties, but fall on gullies with thorns. Both the “difficult” and “simple” roads can lead you to happiness, but it is up to you to open your eyes and make a choice consciously.
I choose the hard way
1. A dog from the street.
You should know that mix ala husky or ala shepherd are usually cowardly and love to mow. They also easily become sneaky-aggressive and hyperactive. A cross with a large heavy head, ala Labrador or Staffordshire are usually bold, grow up early. These and other dogs, selected on the street, have different experiences with a person and are in different periods of socialization. If the puppy is following you, most likely he is “looking for a master” and is ready to become a domestic dog. Most likely, recalling his hungry childhood, he will vacuum, but in everything else he has a high chance of being the same as the dogs born in the apartments.
If you had to catch a homeless dog, then do not blame me: she did not dream of becoming home and will remind you of this on occasion. This is partly a tamed beast, not a domestic one. Read the stories of Vera Chaplina and Seton-Thompson to better understand how to live with tamed animals.
And further. All dogs from the street instantly turn into "deprivants", it is worth holding them locked for 2-3 weeks. They begin to be afraid of cars, children, strollers and refuse to go outside. Remember this and refuse quarantine in advance after vaccinations. Believe me, it’s often easier to cure a dog than to live with a “deprivant” for 10-15 years under one roof.
2. The dog from the shelter.
This is not the same as from the street. Not at all the same! Dogs from the shelter have their own specific problems. I described them in detail in the article “Problems of the behavior of abandoned dogs. Having decided to do a good deed and save the dog, be prepared for certain difficulties. They are not life-long, but you will spend at least a year of your life on them. You may feel that you have done something really good and important, have increased the good in the world and have risen a step higher in your self-development, but before that, as in all fairy tales, you will face trials.
3. Refuser dog.
If in doubt, then this is not just a cute dog who was unlucky. Problem refuseniks, most often, are either biting or dirty. It is easier to deal with dirty ones. Affection and love is not enough, usually treatment is needed and it can be expensive. With biting is much more difficult. Like abandoned dogs, they go through the stages of getting used to a new family and at a certain period become even more biting than before. Severe punishment and attempts to become a “leader for the dog” by shaking it by the scruff of the neck usually make the dog even more tense and incredulous, and therefore even more biting. When deciding to take an abandoned dog, think about this first. The dog will live 10-15 years. How old will you be then? If you are 60 now, is there someone who can promise you and take care of your dog (with all its problems) when you are 75 and maybe it will be difficult for you to walk the dog three times a day.
If you are now 20, are you sure that you will not move to another country, do not give birth to children? If this is possible - do not do anything stupid and do not get a dog aggressive towards children, do not take a dog with whom your relatives or friends refuse to stay. And if you plan to move, think: perhaps you better take the local breed, having already moved, or get a dog less than 8 kg so that she can fly with you in the cabin. Try to know in advance the laws of the intended country.
There are countries in which the import of pets is completely prohibited. If you assume that you can get married or get married in the next 10-15 years, then taking the dog, do not let her into the bed (if the three of them are crowded, will you drive the spouse out on the sunbed? And the dog will have reason for jealousy) . Anyway, think about what role the dog will play in your future family, what kind of relationship it should have with your future spouse, and teach her to this role in advance. Because all the changes in the life of the refusal dog, coinciding in time with your matrimony, will be perceived by it as yet another betrayal.
4. Sick dog.
And this is not so scary. Legless, deaf, blind, paralyzed, or dogs who have undergone severe surgery become beloved and loving pets. The difficulties with it are obvious. It is expensive to maintain, but it is also a predictable expense. If all this does not scare you, then more fortunately there is nothing to warn you against.
I choose a simple way
Puppy from a good kennel.
Well, yes, yes, and now tell us what a "good nursery" is. Often, this is a good conveyor, where dozens of puppies and titles are stamped. Everything is set up so that with a minimum of money and time, the breeder gets the maximum benefit and advertising. One problem is that the dogs are not parts, they are alive. And you live with a certain character, and not with the well-known prefix to the name of the dog. Here are the most common cost-saving methods that breeders around the world resort to and which lead to inevitable, albeit predictable, problems:
1. Cell content.
When a puppy spends most of his time in a tight cage for up to about 3 months, he is constantly smeared with excrement. He is so used to living in this smell that he does not form normal marking behavior. In the future, he may experience great difficulties in accustoming to cleanliness in the apartment. But even worse, in some puppies, marking behavior is weakly congenital - such a common defect, transmitted genetically. Neither you, nor the breeder will be able to distinguish a puppy who writes for himself because he is used to it, from a puppy who is not naturally prone to cleanliness. Puppies of the second type may remain with the breeders. Several times a year they are pulled out of the cage, washed, sheared, exposed, received titles and closed back in the cage. And then they receive offspring from them with the same birth defect.
Ordinary owners do not like dogs, which throughout their lives get dirty in the house and do not really learn to do "things" on a diaper. Therefore, simple owners rarely lead such pets to exhibitions and rarely get puppies from them.
At the same time, dogs prone to cleanliness do not live well in large kennels, as they experience greater stress from a strong odor, constantly dirty coat and cramped cage. It turns out that when 1-3 dogs are kept in a family and puppies are received from them, then clean dogs are unknowingly selected. When breeding in cages, the selection goes to dogs that are not able to learn how not to "crap" in the house. Congenitally weakened marking behavior is the real scourge of Yorkshire Terriers, Toy Terriers, Westhayland White Terriers, Pomeranian Spitz, Jack Russell Terriers and other small dogs.
My advice to those who want to avoid unnecessary difficulties, do not take the puppy from the nursery, where there are shelves with cages or where you are not shown the conditions of the puppy and its parents.
2. Maintenance in the houses.
On the out-of-town site for dogs arrange separate houses. Puppies are born and grow there. What is it? It turns out a puppy who is nervous because of affection and is afraid of strangers. Because the puppy needs to start picking up, talking with him, playing with him in the early periods of his development. In apartments, this usually (though not always) happens by itself.
But there are too many dogs in the “good kennels”, and the breeders are more busy with urgent care: cleanliness of the bedding, preparation for exhibitions of older dogs. Never take companion dogs or sports dogs from such kennels. You will be disappointed, because the dogs in the houses missed the period when they were supposed to capture a person. But what about the border collie of the English shepherds? This is a truly trained dog, and is born and grows according to the customs in a barn in a farmyard. But remember how much time the farmer himself spends in the yard, and then the difference with the dogs taken from the "house" will become clear.
3. Dogs born out of town.
It can be confidently stated that a puppy who grew up in a country kennel in a house, in an aviary or in a house up to 4-5 months will show the characteristic features of a “deprivant”, namely fear in the city of cars, new people, loud noises, children, other dogs and all those that he did not meet in time.
Breeders! If you want to avoid this, walk with the puppies outside your site, take them to the city, walk with them one at a time and introduce new dogs and people. Otherwise, there is no point in breeding shepherd dogs, ridgeback dogs, cane corso and other service dogs, which obviously grow up cowards, capable of only aggression of fear.
Dog owners choosing the easy way, remember that the characters of dogs and love for the owner do not stamp in large quantities, they are brought up and raised, and this can not be done while working with a dozen dogs living in cages or houses.
Other common stupidities that people commit with the best of intentions are as follows:
1. Do not start a dog if you are pregnant.
Soon you will not have time for the dog, it will become ill-mannered, problematic or ill ... In my practice, there are many cases of aggressive, unclean or impossibly cowardly dogs brought up by mistresses at 2-5 months of pregnancy.They hoped for their experience in raising dogs, for good luck ... There is such a zoopsychological law: Dogs are brought on during life changes, experiencing anxiety. In many cases, this “works” and the dogs help the owners in a new life stage. But if you are pregnant, I strongly advise you not to use the dog to reduce anxiety, these are cases when the dog does not withstand the psychological stress.
Even if, after a few years, you can cope with everything, why turn a happy event - the birth of a baby - into the most difficult period of life for yourself, your spouse, and, possibly, a child? You will certainly get a dog, but later. Ideally, after 2.5 years. But at least when the child is six months old - at this age, usually children are fed the same way that they begin to feed puppies. Solving problems will also be easier with cleanliness: by the time the child begins to walk, the puppy will most likely be "doing things" on the street. Just choose the right breed and enlist the help of someone from the family.
2. Do not start peer dogs.
Afraid that the dogs will be bored, the kind-hearted owners buy two dogs: sisters or brothers. At the age of 1.5-2 years, dogs begin to fight and it is very difficult (and often impossible) to reconcile them. Sometimes the same problem arises if, first, a dog is born that is infantile in nature, for example, a Labrador, and after a year an “adult”, say, terrier. In this case, the likelihood of long and serious conflicts increases sharply. General rule: the age difference between two dogs in the same house should be at least 2 years old.
3. Do not start the dog "for the dog."
Some owners are so sorry for the pet, who remains at home alone, that they start a dog or cat, not for themselves, but for their first and beloved dog. But each new pet needs a master, love, an individual attitude as well as the old one. Between dogs there is competition for the attention of the owner. The second dog, receiving less love than the first, becomes problematic and causes a lot of trouble. As a result, your happy life with one dog turns into chaos with two.
Of course, you can get a second dog ... but for yourself, not for your first dog!
4. Do not start a second dog in order to correct the problematic behavior of the first.
If your first dog howls or nibbles at furniture, being left alone at home, or runs away for a walk, then the probability is high that the second dog will simply join the first. And they will howl or run away together. In the best case, the first dog will remain problematic, and the second will be just another dog that does not affect the first.
Of course, you can get a second dog ... but for yourself, and not instead of a zoopsychologist for your first dog.
5. Do not start a bred dog so as not to wipe the puddles.
Bred dogs are good as well as puppies and old dogs are different and all good. But puddles from a bred dog can be no less than from a puppy. Against the background of stress, dogs often develop cystitis, and moving a new home to a bred dog can be more stressful than a puppy if taken at the right age. Yes and there is no guarantee that the breeder or the previous owner was engaged in accustoming the dog to cleanliness. It may turn out that taking a 10-month-old dog, you will only begin this training, and being late with a favorable period for this ...
Of course, you can get a bred dog ... but not for your laziness, but for other reasons: primarily because you like this particular dog.
Well, and finally. Breeders may be wrong, incompetent or mercantile ... But you yourself decided to buy a dog from them. The previous owners may have been indifferent or cruel, but you still took a dog from them. On the street or in the shelter of the dog, many bad habits could arise, but you decided to save her. Stop there and stop blaming the past for the dog’s actions.
It happens that 10 years have passed, and the owners still justify the pet's bad manners by the events that occurred in the first months of his life, without even trying to do anything. Much in your power! If you did not manage this last year, you can get rid of the problem in the dog’s behavior in this and the next. You may have chosen the dog “blindfolded,” but it is your power to remove this blindfold now and make your life happier with the dog!