There’s a first for everything, even getting your first dog when you’re 50, or even 60, like I did. If only I had asked dog owners for their wise advice before we picked up the five-month-old Norfolk Terrier we named Rigby, I probably could have avoided some big boo-boos along the way.
If you’re considering becoming the “person” for a dog, or have recently brought a dog into your home, consider these sound recommendations from FOFriends.
Rigby looks like a plucked chicken after his recent summer haircut.
“This is more of a before-you-become-a-dog-owner recommendation. Don’t ever, ever, ever get two puppies from the same litter. Especially girls. Ever, ever, ever! We didn’t know about this, and as responsible pet owners our job was to keep both of our girls safe. When the fighting started we had to literally pull them apart to make them stop. After the third time of cleaning up blood and fur we had to make the heart-wrenching decision to re-home one of them. She’s happy, healthy and loves her new family, but the one we kept is depressed and won’t eat for days (yes, she’s been checked out, twice). There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her and if we made the right decision. I know we did for her, but not for our girl or me. If I had known this I would have never done it.”
Jodi Smith Rasar
“Please obtain, at the least, professional puppy training and socialization. An obedient, well-adjusted pet is a happy pet and owner.”