Dog Care Questions & Answers
Which dog breed is right for me?
Unfortunately, there is no exact science for choosing the right breed. However, making the wrong choice can result in you and your dog being very unhappy. This can largely be avoided by buying only from registered breeders, speaking to other owners who have purchased a dog from the breeder you have in mind, and carrying out careful research before you make a decision.
Questions you should ask the dog breeder:
- How much exercise does the dog need?
- How much grooming does the dog require?
- Does this particular breed have specific health issues I should be aware of?
Questions you should ask yourself:
- Do I have time to commit to a dog?
- Do the other members of the family want a dog, not just me?
- Can I afford to feed a dog?
- Have you considered vet’s fees? (things can go wrong; accidents happen)
Dogs’ homes and rescue centres are full of dogs whose owners did not think things through!
Why does my puppy bite and nip me?
Biting and nipping is all part of a puppy’s development. He will be testing things, play fighting and learning boundaries amongst his litter mates; however, this must be kept in check when he plays with you so it doesn’t turn into a bigger problem. For details of our puppy training classes, click here.
Are dog cages and crates cruel?
No, when properly used, they provide a safe haven for puppies and dogs.
Why do dogs jump on me?
Because we’re taller than they are! When dogs meet, they sniff each other’s faces. They like to do the same thing when greeting us, so it’s perfectly natural for dogs to jump up on us to try to reach our faces and get our attention.
Why does my dog get excited and lick my face?
Dogs sometimes use licking to communicate that they are hungry. Puppies lick their mothers’ lips to stimulate a regurgitation reflex so they can eat the food their mothers vomit.
Why does my dog chase cars and bikes?
Chasing is an instinctive behaviour in dogs. Dogs love chasing cats, joggers, bicycles, cars, other dogs and almost anything that moves. If your dog is a herding breed, then his instinct to herd the moving object is even greater.
Why does my dog dig up our garden?
There are two possible reasons for digging: your dog may be curious about the smells and sounds underground that we ourselves don’t see or hear. Or be may just be bored and looking for something to do.
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