Bratty barking—what is it? Bratty barking is the term I use for my own dog’s demand barking. When he barks because he wants something, that’s demand barking—he’s demanding what he wants.
Demand barking is different from, say, alert barking—the barking your dog does when he sees someone approaching your home, for example. The postal carrier is on your porch, your dog barks to alert you to that intrusion. A car parks in front of your house, your dog barks. He’s saying: “Alert, alert! Approach imminent! Warning! Warning!” That sort of barking is usually helpful to you, as long as it does [...]
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 [...]