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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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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