Paris Hilton has one. Miley Cyrus has one. And they are super cute, an no — they are not handbags. They are Chihuahuas. It’s part of something I call the Celebrity Puppy Effect. When some kind of dog is either in a high profile movie or is owned by very high profile stars, a lot of people start to want whatever kind of dog it is. Remember the Pug in Men in Black? Or Beethoven? So people want one of these cute, awesome dogs, and they get one and it’s a puppy for a while and very adorable….and then there’s a reality check. Often dogs in high demand are bred by puppy mills, and backyard breeders. The puppies are unhealthy and often sold too young. So these dogs start having health and behavioral issues and end up in shelters.
Marty Piombo 48 is a technology executive with hobbies like winter alpinism, rock climbing, and cooking. He helped perform a rescue on Mt. Whitney at 13,000 feet in the dead of winter.
Positive reinforcement is the key to learning. Always praise good behavior and try to avoid situations that could cause bad behavior. I start with rewarding looking at me. When I call the dogs name I give a reward and I work from there. I want the dog to associate their name with good things. I never use their name with a bad situation. If they do wrong, I just say “NO!” I never use the dog’s name with punishment.
What I am trying to screen for is people who think the dog is a toy. They will become annoyed the first time he doesn’t respond to their call or command. People who have a lot of hobbies or commitments that require them to spend a lot of time away from home. It is normal for dogs to be alone eight hours a day. But the kind of owner I want takes the dog to work, or has a dog walker come in, or rushes home as soon as possible to make sure Max gets his walk.
Mother wolves actually eat the feces of the young pups until they are old enough to run with the pack. As awful as this sounds, if the mother failed to do so, the very young pups would lie or sit in their own mess or that of a litter mate. Then they would be easily located by predators. Until the pups can walk away from their feces, they must be licked by the mother and stimulated to go to the bathroom under her supervision.
Of the “designer dog club” the ‘Labradoodle’ is probably the most well known. The ‘Labradoodle’ was originally bred for sight impaired individuals who had severe reactions to dog’s fur. This new hybrid aimed to combine the intelligence of the Labrador with a non-shedding poodle. However you may or may not have a cachorro american bully that will be non-shedding. Labradoodles have been around for over 20 years and are gaining recognition.
If you really must, visit places you used to frequent, but NOT when you know your ex will be there. Don’t stake out his house or track him at a party or “accidentally” run into him or her at the mall.
You can also find adult crossbreeds in a number of places. Adult dogs are often a good choice for families who have children or who need to be sure of the dog’s temperament. And of course giving a loving home to a homeless dog is always a good thing.