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Wed, Apr 14 | By Amy Lieberman | 17

It's true: dogs are generally all that they appear to be — sweet, silly, funny and lifelong loving friends. Chances are, you wouldn’t be here reading this article if they weren’t. But dogs, and especially puppies, do come with issu… more ›

Puppy Love: What to Consider Before Getting a Dog
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Debra B.
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Debra B.
3 years ago

I think that a puppy is as much work as a human infant in terms of time and care. In fact, I'd have another baby before taking in a puppy. At least I have experience with human child rearing. Puppies are work, and need to learn boundaries and what is acceptable behavior. Plus, lots of love, time and attention. A puppy is not a good choice for a busy person who isn't home much and can't spend the time to socialize the puppy in that crucial, early doghood time period.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

there is so much good advice here but it foes for any pet you bring home

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Kris
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Kris
3 years ago

You are right, Daryl. Do your research before getting any pet.

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Al4
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Al4
4 years ago

Enjoyed the article. Always good to be reminded about what it takes to have a puppy.

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Kitty W.
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Kitty W.
4 years ago

All that stuff is true. But, to me, I know how to be patient, and that's exactly what you need to be when you get a puppy. They're gonna do bad things, just like babies. You just have to teach them right from wrong and they can grow up to be wonderful dogs. :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

here here princess. you are so tight. patience is the key to everything

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

I think this relates to the adoption of any animal. It's a commitment for the life of the animal.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that is what they left out all the other pets that this applies to

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

Animals are never impulse buys-they are living beings that require lots of love, care, commitment, & money

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

the comments here are as good as the article

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Kris
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Kris
3 years ago

You are so right. I can't believe the people who still see animals as disposable.

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

Good tips. Everyone needs to consider the time and money that go into having a pet before they get one. It is a commitment and we should remember that.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

and you have to pick each other

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Ches21
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Ches21
4 years ago

I would rather get an older dog than a puppy I love puppies and love the bonding time you spend with them to train them but more and more dogs that are not puppies end up in shelter's every year next time I get a dog it will be a dog from the humane socitey of course you and the dog have to have a special connection before you can find the right dog but it could end up being a puppy that you have that special connection with but you don't just go and get a dog because it is cute you have to consider other things too. You and the dog will not be very happy if you do not have that special connection. Also when naming any new pet get some name books and write sevral name ideas of your own down and learn the animals personality and then try the names out but don't confuse the animal by doing one name right after another try a diffrent name each day until the animal comes to one of the names if the animal does not like the name they will not come to it. When naming my orange tabby cat he would not come to any name we liked that we tried we had tried Peter, Piper and sevral other names as well but he would not come to any of them. until one day we just started calling him Shorty for some reason and he came to the name Shorty instentily it was like he wanted that name he chose his own name.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

i too like the older dogs. the only problem is they have already been taught and not your way and i hope it is not the cause of them being given up yet again

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