Originally Posted by susieq7
This is a great list of things that every new dog owner needs to be aware of. I always make sure to caution my friends to research the breed that they are considering before making any decisions, as well. When my kids were really young, we got a black Lab, which was a great choice for us. He's so "user-friendly" and we waited until the kids were older to add our Jack Russell terrier to the family. The kids are old enough to handle a high-energy dog like this now (and to help with her special exercise needs) but she is so true to her breed. She is incredibly loving but needs at least 3 miles of exercise every single day. Too many people go into dog ownership thinking that a dog is a dog, but there is so much variation among breeds and it's important to take some time to determine if you have what that breed needs.
Welcome to Pet Lovers susieq. So glad to heat about more animal lovers being brought up to know how to properly care for their furry family members!