Puppy Parenting 101 : Are You Ready to Bring Home a Puppy? [Part 1]

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Introduction

Choosing a new puppy or adult dog is one of those big life decisions! After all, you’ll be responsible for another living being that will depend on you for his entire life! (No pressure of course). With such a huge decision to make, you may be wondering, “What dog breed is best for my lifestyle?” “Do I want a purebred or mixed” “Do I want one from a shelter, or from a responsible dog breeder?” “Am I even ready to bring home a puppy?!”

There’s an abundance of information out there to help you answer these questions. In this article I’ve tried to sum up the basics to simplify things and help you prepare for and enjoy the puppy parenting journey! This article is part 1 of a series. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to be notified when the next parts are written.

PART 1: Am I Ready To Bring Home a Puppy?

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3 Powerful Keys to Enjoying Life’s Journey

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”— Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
Enjoy the Journey . . .

We’ve heard it said. We’ve seen it written on cards. We’ve had friends tell us, “Just relax, enjoy the journey.”

It’s an awesome encouragement, but, it’s not always easy to find joy along life’s broken road. Sometimes I wish I was more like my dogs. It seems so easy for them to enjoy life! No matter where we are, what we’re doing, rain or shine, they’re tail wagging happy or at the very least they’re calm and content.

What’s the key to finding joy in life, especially when times are tough?

Having observed my dogs year after year, day in and day out, I think the secret to their joyful attitude is their complete trust in me. They know without a shadow of a doubt that I love them and that I always look out for them.

Their example encourages me to worry less and to trust God’s plan. After all God went through on the cross, suffering an excruciating death to demonstrate his undying love for me, how can I not trust his plan?

God says in Jeremiah 29:11–

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4 Clues to Why Your Dog is Barking

Why is my dog barking?

Why is my dog barking? What’s he trying to say? If I only knew. There are many useful and valid reasons for a dog to bark, but when it becomes constant, often we’re left frustrated and perplexed. Think of a parent holding a crying newborn all night. Is she sick? Is she acting spoiled? Like any concerned parent we would search until the answer was found. Unfortunately, as doggie parents, we’re not always as persistent. Too often owners blame their dog, calling him “naughty” or buying shock collars in desperation. But dogs don’t bark for the sake of barking. They’re actually talking (through vocalization and body language) and have something to say. Our job is to play detective, dig deeper, and find out what that “something” is.

This article shares 4 clues to why your dog may be barking, plus 7 practical steps to help you solve the problem.

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3 Essential Easter Pet Safety Tips

3 Essential Easter Pet Safety Tips

Growing up with dogs, I quickly learned that Easter, much like other Holidays, involved potential hazards for my pets. I recall as a young mom hiding the chocolate and plastic eggs for our yearly “Easter egg hunt,” and then scouring the yard over and over to ensure that NO EGGS WERE LEFT BEHIND. Only once all the eggs were accounted for were the dogs allowed back in the yard. Even then, I think I was on the look out for the entire week in case I happened to have missed one hiding under a tree!

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