A reader asked me about tips for first time dog owners. While I can’t predict every problem a dog owner may face, I have compiled a list of suggestions and reminders for people who have decided to become dog owners.
Before you get a dog: If you know you want a dog, but don’t have one yet, there are several things you should do before getting one.
–Be aware you are making a long-term commitment. The oldest dog in history is said to have lived between 29 and 32 years (depending on who you believe).
–Check with your landlord to make sure dogs (and different sizes and breeds) are okay. If you own, you may still need to check with your insurance company.
–Research breeds. Most people have soft spots for certain breeds, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for you, or for your…