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Fri, Apr 24 | By The Associated Press | 100

NEW YORK -- Bo, the Obama family's new Portuguese water dog, is sure to get the best presidential care. He is the top dog, after all. But pet experts and Portie owners still have some advice for the First Family on training their new pup.
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First Family Gets Expert Advice on First Puppy
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Becky B.
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Becky B.
5 years ago

There is good points to this and bad points. I don't know why they have to make such a big deal about the President's personal life.

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jackie
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jackie
5 years ago

you dont here much anymore but id like to be their groomer

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

this story seems to have droped out of the news. i wonder how they are making out with the puppy

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

I'd like to hear or read more about the puppy but there was so much negative comments and many of them here on z2. If they don't take proper care they'd get dissed but if they get help then that po's people too, talk about a no win situation!!!

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

Although I would have been happier to hear that the first family got a shelter babe, I am happy that they are getting the proper training for Bo.

I have to say that I agree with the opinion that the name Bo will be confusing for this little guy. Hopefully, that will not be the case.

The one thing that is truly bothersome to me is that they are constantly putting this poor dog in the news. Geez, can't they just leave him alone instead of always pointing a camera in his face?

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

That's a good point about the name.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

that is a very good point but my friend had a newf called beau and he had no problem. i wish they would give us a story about how they are making out

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

It's great they are getting all the advice on how to raise that breed of dog, but I was disappointed that they didn't get a shelter dog like they said they were going to.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I agree, Lynn! That was one of the first things I said when I commented.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I know politicians don't always keep their campaign promises, but that would have show a lot more if he kept his word on getting a shelter/ rescue dog. As I know there are many breeds of them that are ok for someone with allergies....I was just so disappointed in that.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I hadn't thought of it, but what a good point the one trainer made--Bo and No sound so much alike. It probably wasn't an ideal name.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I hadn't thought of that either, oldmaid. When I read the article, that really stood out to me once I thought about it. I hope it doesn't create problems down the road.

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Jean P.
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Jean P.
5 years ago

a frist time fun and to think its the frist dog. well it should work out for all the the frist fam just has to rember they are but a staff to be trained in the art of what the dog wants the dog gets. even the most well trained dog has the true secreat well hidden that they are in charge and are just merly pretending for others. I think the frist fam will be a good match for this bo. i will look fowared to rhe progress reports.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

It's interesting hearing the Obama's, intelligent but virgin dog owners, discuss their new experiences. I've had dogs for over 50 yrs and take some things for granted so it's enjoyable to see some of this through fresh eyes!

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diana f.
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diana f.
5 years ago

I am glad to hear the pup is being spoiled...but not too much. it will get out of hand! Training is great for all dogs. To show them who is the boss and how you want them to be at all times.

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

Poor puppy! In the news too much--leave them be! All dogs need obedience training and LOVE--Puppies are a lot of work! Bo will be just fine..........

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
5 years ago

I definitely agree. Leave the poor dog alone!!

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I agree with you, Kadi. In fact, that's one of the things I wrote in my comment on this article. Just leave the Bo out of the limelight and let him be a puppy, for goodness sake.

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Renee M.
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Renee M.
5 years ago

I like hearing that pets are being well taken care of. Mine is spoiled of course!

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Evelync
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Evelync
5 years ago

Pets need to be taken care of

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di
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di
5 years ago

A good thing.

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Skyeblu
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Skyeblu
5 years ago

I want them to invite Cesar Milan to visit and take lessons from him. I think he's the best when it comes to dogs. He just "gets them." He's so funny when he imitates dogs. He has each breed down pat. The first family will need to train that one...the breed just doesn't make sense to me in the White House but I guess there is at least a lot of room.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I really like him too...and yes, he does get them...my friends all think i'm a dog whisperer, but I just understand them....

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dawn
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dawn
5 years ago

what a lucky dog

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

I hope all goes well for them & that after serving his term(s), that the Obamas will have the time to keep the consistency in training & caring.

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Trina D.
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Trina D.
5 years ago

Hopefully they will be hands-on responsible pet owners. The girls may have the time, but parents? time will tell.

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Witchone
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Witchone
5 years ago

They have raised some wonderful kids, so the pet should be a-okay!

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
5 years ago

I hope this will serve to raise awareness about the responsibility of raising pets.

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Stacy H.
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Stacy H.
5 years ago

I think they can figure this out. How overwhelming to have everyone throwing in their two cents.

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Kbehrendt
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Kbehrendt
5 years ago

No kidding. Seriously, the president's dog is just like any other dog, just like those tips are the same ones you'd get from the humane society for any new puppy. Trainers are just trying to get their names out there, get some presidential association.

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monika o.
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monika o.
5 years ago

oh wow,the president gets a new puppy, who cares. write about the real issues thats wrong with this world.

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Witchone
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Witchone
5 years ago

Well, this is a pet site! Try CNN for the latest in other world news. Lol.

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
5 years ago

Good information.

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kathi j.
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kathi j.
5 years ago

Common sense ideas for anyone getting a new puppy.

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Heather M.
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Heather M.
5 years ago

I don't think this article was necessary, I'm sure the Obamas have all the help they need in the training department

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Melissa D.
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Melissa D.
5 years ago

I agree Bo is cute and all but I really don't care what the President is doing with his dog.

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Tuckerssissy
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Tuckerssissy
5 years ago

i think Bo is cute and all, but i think people should concentrate on more important animal issues.

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

I agree, well said

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with you tuckersissy.

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mistie E.
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mistie E.
5 years ago

Don't you all just love it when someone gets a new "baby" 14- thousand people come out of the wood work with advice on how to care for and raise and feed and walk and play with.........the list goes on and on.......enough already !!!!

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Rodeorick
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Rodeorick
5 years ago

Ok, I've had enough of Bo. How about some real reporting on animal issuses

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Katie
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Katie
5 years ago

I agree with you. Or why don't we get all sorts of free advice? Just because we're not in the White House doesn't mean that our pets aren't good enough.

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Mylima
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Mylima
5 years ago

All owners should get good advice and help from great people who cares to help! ... we as people are not experts and we can always benefit from good people who cares! ... I think the Obamas will be amazing owners!

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

I agree, well said.

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Tigersmom
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Tigersmom
5 years ago

Bo is the first dog so he gets all the publicity good or bad too. I think it is good that people see that the first family needs help with thier new dog just like everyone else. I know I need help with my new pup now.

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
5 years ago

Poor little Bo, he is under the microscope as much or more than the president.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

you are right. the thing about the nam bo is alright advice. but the obamas have the right to name their dog anything they like.. i am sure they will work out the bo, no problem. there are thousands of dogs and cats named bo and they get along fine

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Sheryl J.
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Sheryl J.
5 years ago

Something tells me the First Family and Bo will not need unsolicited advice? Although, all the advice listed in this article is Dog Ownership 101 and good to know.

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Kelly
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Kelly
5 years ago

Sounds like fairly common advice, not only for puppies but for any untrained dog.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Lots of advice to follow-whew!

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Lourie H.
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Lourie H.
5 years ago

This is all really good advice for anyone with a new puppy.

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kerri p.
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kerri p.
5 years ago

He is such a cute puppy.

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Traci B.
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Traci B.
5 years ago

interesting story!

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
5 years ago

It doesn't seem as this puppy will lack for anything!

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lorraine B.
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lorraine B.
5 years ago

Lots of good advice for everyone

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Michelle W.
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Michelle W.
5 years ago

Sounds like typical advise.

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

It really sounds like Bo is in really good hands.

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Djes7770
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Djes7770
5 years ago

So much information and advice about how to care for Bo Obama. A lot of very good suggestions. I'm sure the President and his family are also being advised by puppy training experts.

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Elaina
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Elaina
5 years ago

Wow that is a great point on the name. Bo and No are too similar and can be very confusing to the dog. Calling him Bowie might be a better choice.

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karla w.
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karla w.
5 years ago

great story and good advice.

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

Sensible advice. Good for all dog owners.

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maria h.
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maria h.
5 years ago

A lot of good advice!

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

"Bo is not a good name for a dog because it sounds too much like 'no' and the dog is going to get confused".... This is a good point.

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Dennis S.
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Dennis S.
5 years ago

They should probably hire someone or have a staff member do the training. A key to successful training is consistancy and repetition and a President and First Lady will just have too much going on constantly to provide that..............Dennis

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dj h.
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dj h.
5 years ago

I hope the Obamas heed all the advice given in this article.

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