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14 Things To Know Before Getting A Dog That You May Not Be Aware Of

Johanna has cared for a variety of breeds—from Dachshunds to German Shepherds. She is an advocate for animals and their welfare.


1. Understand that your dog will become your stalker and he will want to spend most, if not all, of his time with you-well we know this one

So if you are gone a lot from home; working, socializing, traveling etc. and most of the time can't bring him with you, don't get him.


2. Know that you can't leave her in your car for very long even if it is NOT that warm outside and the windows are cracked open

On a mild day of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature inside your car can quickly rocket to over 115 degrees. Most of the heat rise occurs within just 30 minutes. Dogs can experience heat exhaustion when their body temperature hits just 103 degrees.


3. Don't consider putting him in the bed of your truck either if he is not in a secured crate

If unsecured, your dog can be hurt during sudden stops, starts, turns, and in hundreds of other unforeseeable ways. More than 100,000 dogs each year are injured or killed due to this type of negligence.


4. Know that dogs are lovers of routine and should be fed around the same time everyday. Your pup will also want a walk the times you usually take him

All my dogs throughout the years would let me know- if somehow I forgot- when it was time to eat, go for a walk or go in the yard for a night pee. They like the stability of routine. And even though dogs move around a lot at night, they like a place that is theirs, so a dog bed or crate is great.

My current dog has an odd daily habit of going and lying on my bed every time I take a shower. Never fails. Not sure why he does that...


5. Human food can be deadly. She may enjoy chocolate as much as you but it is like giving her poison

Also be careful giving him leftovers with salt & pepper and any spices.. My dogs got diarrhea from even a speck of pepper on a piece skinless chicken.. And of course no fatty fried foods, bad for them too.


6. Puppies are not the only ones having accidents in the house. Senior dogs can have them too

My German Shepherd who lived to be 13 years old, never pooped inside as puppy, she was so easily house broken. Unfortunately as a senior dog, she started having accidents defecating in the house, I think sometimes they occurred when she was asleep. I knew she felt bad about it so I never showed any emotion or disappointment..


7. He sometimes barks, kicks or whines in his sleep, so don't be alarmed

I have noticed my rescue dog had more bad dreams when I first got him. Some nights he cried and whimpered prompting me to wake him. Fortunately he is getting better now, sometimes even wagging his tail in his sleep!

Many scientists say there is evidence to support the idea that dogs do, in fact, experience dreams. Research using (EEG) have tested canine brain wave activity during sleep. They've found that dogs are similar to humans when it comes to sleep patterns and brain wave activity.

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8. Some dogs have separation anxiety and may destroy your furniture etc. if you are gone too long or even for not that long

One of the most common complaints of pet parents is that their dogs are disruptive or destructive when left alone. Their dog might urinate, defecate, bark, howl, chew, dig or try to escape.

When treating a dog with separation anxiety, the goal is to restore the dog's underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy or at least tolerate, being left alone. Counter-conditioning might resolve the problem in dogs with mild separation anxiety.


9. She knows how long you have been gone because your scent will fade with time from her surroundings. That is the clock she goes by

When their owner is home, a dog can identify them based on scent. When that person leaves the house, their scent is still there, but slowly fades. The dog learns through experience that once their person's scent reaches a certain level of faintness, that person is due to walk in through the door and start the smell cycle all over again. Instead of tracking time by watching a clock tick, they use the strength of a smell as their baseline and means of measurement.

Founder of Barnard College's Dog Cognition Lab, Alexandra Horowitz


10. If you are a fan of fireworks you should know that they can scare him to death, literally. He will do everything he can to escape if in a yard

So skip the fireworks or keep her safe. Your vet can help with anti-anxiety meds and methods.


11. Some dogs are not fond of doggie parks

I had a bad experience at a popular neighborhood dog-park many years ago. I brought my six months old German Shepherd to the park in and attempt to socialize her. I spoke with the people there inquiring about their dogs if they thought they would accept her. A man with a big male Shepherd said he was confident his dog would be totally fine, his was the largest dog there. So I let my little girl loose in one corner of the park and to my surprise, she started squealing like and injured animal. All the dogs that were there maybe 9 of them, including the big Shepherd, quickly circled around her. Perhaps they saw her as prey. Horrified I quickly dove in and swept my little girl in my arms, placing her on top of a trash can which luckily had a lid. It could have ended very badly as you can imagine..


12. She can have serious dental problems which you may not be aware of because she can't tell you

Taking care of your dogs teeth early on is important. Unfortunately I did not pay enough attention to this important health issue.. Bad breath and bleeding gums are signs that that gum disease and/or tooth decay may already be happening.


13. He will love you unconditionally until he is old and gray

Of course you need to treat him right too and if you do, he will be doting on you as a puppy but as an old man, he will be wiser and easier to deal with. He will know all of your habits, moods and idiosyncrasies-and still worship the ground you walk on.


14. You will be the most important person in her life. You will be her life

Dogs are gifts of love to humanity and we need to treat them as such.

© 2020 Johanna Sandev

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