My Tips to Take Care of a New DogWritten by Tara Pearce
So you’re bringing home that cute little puppy from best breeder after doing all that research, or you found most adorable “mutt” at pound, where you were just going to look, you swore. And now you realize that you weren’t as prepared as you thought. Maybe you’re planning in advance for new bundle of joy. Either way, we’ll give you some valuable tips we’ve learned over years of bringing home little bundles of terror – I mean joy :)
Learn as much as possible about potty training, and expect none of it to matter, especially when you step in their deposits at 3 a.m. in pitch black – it WILL happen!
Buy smallest bag of puppy chow you can find. Your dog will hate first one, and second one and third one. Buying small will help you overcome horror of money you’ve just spent on 7th brand of dog food in 2 weeks.
Strip naked or at very least to a swimsuit before bathing your dog. You WILL BE WET. No way to avoid it, even in a 2 foot deep sunken bathtub. Personal experience talking here.
Prepare yourself for fact that toy you thought was SO COOL in store, will be sniffed and promptly ignored until end of time. Your dog will only like toys that will drive you most crazy. One of favorites in our house (NOT purchased by us) is a big skunk with a plastic bottle inside. Inside said plastic bottle is a marble. Aaaaaargh. ‘Nuff said.
RecoveryPets.Com Dispels The MythsWritten by Thaddeus Collins
In a recent discussion about pet safety, services provided by a website entitled RecoveryPets.Com was compared to microchips and tattoos, and were they a better option to providing identification for pets. During this discussion a lot of statements were made and taken for fact, but here we will dispel some of those myths.
One of myths about microchips is that they emit a signal that can be tracked by company that provides chip. The truth is that chip emits no signal, and requires a special scanner to read chip, and with number of pet microchip manufacturers who require end user to use scanner manufactured for their chip.
Note: With so many different types of microchip manufactured, only about 10% of veterinarians, and less than 3% of rescue shelters have needed scanners to detect all microchips. Also, if an individual finds pet, they are usually unaware that pet has a microchip.
The myth about tattooing is that it is a permanent form of pet identification, this is true and false. Pet tattoos are ideal for owners who intend to stay in one location for life, and never change their contact information. The majority of tattoo’s are placed on underside of pet were there is less hair growth, but someone finding a lost pet may not want to flip animal over looking for a possible tattoo.