You’ve decided that you are ready for a new pet. You can afford another pet, you’re set up for another pet, you understand the extra time and effort that will be required to integrate a new pet into your household. If you have a roommate, spouse, children, seniors living with you—everyone agrees. You’re even fairly certain that the pet or pets you already have will be at least okay (if not enthusiastic) about a new family member. Now . . . how do you pick the new pet?
If you already have a dog, the worst reason to get another dog is to keep [...]
It’s a question most pet owners ask themselves at one time or another. The answer is not often simple.
It depends, most importantly, on the pet (or pets) you already have.
Some considerations are, however, universal. These are questions that must be answered before you consider bringing another pet into your household. If your children are small or you are caring for an elderly family member in your home, these questions are best discussed first by the parents.
Can we afford another pet? As the old saying goes, “There’s no such thing as a free pet.” That’s certainly true. Unfortunately, many pets that [...]
Parents, this information is for you!
How does your dog look when she is not stressed?
Her doggy body language is relaxed.
Her muscles are not tensed.
Her movement is loose.
Her body forms curves; she looks like a comma.
How does your dog look when she is stressed?
Her doggy body language is stiff.
Her muscles are tensed.
Her movement may freeze.
She may stop panting to hold her breath.
When your dog is stressed, you may see these signs:
She licks her lips.
Her eyes roll so that you can see the whites.
Her ears pin back against her head.
Her tail is low or between her legs.
When you see signs of [...]