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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to Choose a Breed for your Family

You’ve decided to add a dog to your family. This is a big commitment! Your mind might immediately fly to the supplies you’ll need. Leashes, food bowls, organic dog shampoo and other bath supplies, the list goes on. These things should come second to choosing just the right breed for your family. Knowing what breed will best fit into your lifestyle is key to making a decision that will keep your family and your new dog happy. When you are choosing a dog you need to consider their disposition, temperament, size, and energy. All of these things will help determine if a dog is the right fit. So what are the best family dog breeds?

Remember these are meant to giving you a starting point. The best family dog breeds don’t guarantee that your child and a dog will be a good match. They are both individuals! It is important to talk to your vet before making any big adoption decisions. It is also a good idea to spend some time with each of the breeds you are considering.

The Best Family Dog Breeds

Pugs

While not a “rule” larger dogs may be a wiser choice for small children. Why? They are less likely to be an injured by accidently being stepped on. Big dogs are more durable, and anyone who has watched a toddler with a pet knows why that is important. It makes children less likely to get bit because a scared, hurt dog snapped at them.

An exception to this, Pugs. Pugs are very friendly by nature. They love people, especially playing with children. They can be a great fit for a home with kids.

Labrador Retrievers

These dogs are by far one of the most commonly thought of dog when considering the best family dog breeds. They love to run and play with children. They are a very loving and loyal dog. All of these things make them great family pets.

However, you need to have time for a Labrador because they have a LOT of energy. This means they need exercise and training. Without those two things Labradors can become a large dog barreling down your kids with all their extra energy!

Collies

Collies are gentle dogs. This is a great temperament to have when it comes to a home with children. They are still active and enjoy being played with. The only potential “downside” is that these dogs will require a little more grooming to keep them looking their best because of their long hair.

Whippets

An incredibly friendly and loyal dog a Whippet makes a great addition to the family. These dogs will like sharing quiet time with you, but they need and want time to run too! The perfect combination for a family dog. Great for any size home as long as they get time to exercise.

English Bulldog

These dogs are bred to be great companions. They should be both loving and patient. Overall have a loving and gentle demeanor. They are a loyal friend that would be happy to sit next to you while you do homework. However they may have some limitations as far as activities go, so if you have an older child looking for a dog to run miles alongside a bike, a bulldog may not be your choice.

These five breeds are among the best family dog breeds. They should certainly be on your list to check out when choosing a breed for your family.

So before you head out the door to buy chew toys, dog beds, organic dog shampoo and other bath supplies, remember choosing the right breed is crucial to the success of your pet-owner relationship. Spend enough time doing your research before you adopt.

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com

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Monday, December 5, 2011

This holiday season you want something special for your dog. They have been a great companion all year round, and now you are looking for the perfect gift for them. Something that lets your pup know you appreciate them!

Every pet has their own personality. The gifts you choose should reflect this. Maybe your dog enjoys the finer things. Shop the wide array of designer dog supplies available today! If your dog is the class clown at the dog park you may want to search out funny dog stuff for them. There are countless clothing, toy, and accessory choices on the market. Here are five great ideas to get you started.

If your dog enjoys being pampered have an at-home spa day. In designer dog supplies you can find a wide array of dog nail polishes. Nail polish will give your dog that extra pep in their step this holiday season. Remember though it is important to buy a product meant for dogs. They are designed to be applied to your dog’s nails with ease.

Polishes made for them also take into account the fact that pets chew on their feet. Look for water-based products with natural ingredients.

This is a great time of year to expand your dog’s wardrobe! There are many different dog clothes to choose from. If you want funny dog stuff, look for outfits that have lots of character. Your dog might want to sport a biker jacket, a shirt with a holiday greeting, or even get them their own gear for an ugly Christmas sweater party!

Don’t have anywhere to go with their expanded wardrobe? Did you know that dog wardrobes are available on the market? Now your dog will have a place to hang all of their designer dog supplies.

If your pup doesn’t like to wear clothes, or even if they do, consider glamming them up this season with fancy dog collars! The options are countless. You can find collars with sparkle, in a rainbow of colors to match the occasion, or with a printed season’s greeting on them.

Collars, even fancy dog collars, serve an important practical purpose too. This time of year guests are frequently in and out of our homes, which means more open doors. With all of that hustle bustle and distraction your pet has a lot more opportunity to slip out of the house for an adventure. Make sure your dog is wearing their collar with up-to-date tags to ensure a happy holiday season for both of you.

Your pooch can always use a new toy! Give them something appropriate to chew on and save your shoes. Toys give you a great opportunity to find funny dog stuff. Chew toys come shaped as almost anything you can imagine.

There are also toys out there that encourage your dog to play and keep them stimulated by being motion activated by your dog. This is great for a dog with a lot of energy to work off.

Make your puppy feel like one of the family by giving them their very own stocking. There are great decorations available to incorporate this important member of your family. Just remember your dog has a great sense of smell, so tucking treats into a stocking just out of reach and leaving them unattended could spell disaster! Always be aware of potential dangers to your pet when decorating for the holidays.

Whether your pup enjoys funny dog stuff or the finer things in life there are designer dog supplies on the market for them. Think about your dog’s personality, and their current favorites when choosing just the right thing for them this holiday season.

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com

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