Hello and Welcome to Dogs, Wags and Tails.
My name is Ruth and I’m a long term animal-lover, especially of dogs ( of course cats come a close second).
During my life, I’ve owned a variety of different dogs, varying breeds and sizes. I’ve loved them all dearly. If you asked which breed I preferred, I couldn’t answer you. To me, each dog is a character in it’s right, but having said that, it’s essential to be aware of the various breeds characters as well.
What Breed should I choose?
As I’ve got older and not quite as nimble as I was, I now have two smaller bundles of fun. When deciding on a new puppy this was one of the questions I needed to ask myself – what size dog could I cope with?
As mentioned earlier, I have had a variety of dogs, and have loved the more active breeds such as the Border Collies and Springer Spaniels. Both dogs where like Pups on Speed, energetic and requiring loads of activity.
Being sensible in my old-age
I needed to be sensible about my decision on what dog to get. I did the research, I asked different breed owners and eventually made my choice.
Here is my choice Lhasa Apso x Poodle. No hair shedding and a great size to manage, but all the intelligence and stamina of the larger dogs.
My life changed the moment I brought these two little scamps home just over seven years ago.
Dogs are good for our well-being
Having a dog and enjoying its company is good for both our mental health and our well-being. Not all dogs are equal and none come fully trained and pliable. Different dogs require different methods of training often to reach the same status. For example, Pip and Olly above are brother and sister from the same litter. And that is the only thing they have in common.
Two of the same but different
Pip is self-reliant and enjoys time alone. She’ll participate in the training if it suits her to do so, and she’s capable of running rings around me. On the other hand, Olly adores all types of company and he’ll sit for hours being stroked. He’s anxious to please, which makes him a training delight.
I’m telling you this little story so you see what I mean about each dog has its own character as well as the breed character. When training your dog or puppy you may find it’ll take a little longer if you don’t KNOW your dog. So, my advice is to get to know your puppy as soon as possible, his likes and dislikes and how he reacts to certain situations. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to adapt the training to your individual dog and gain a confident life-long companion.