Over the course of the next few weeks we will begin populating this page with useful information, fun games and activities, and much more targeting kids 18 and under!
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, from Irish Wolfhounds to Chihuahuas, with about 195 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club alone. Rescues and shelters are full of dogs that people picked because they saw one on television and only later realized they weren't a good fit.
Dogs were originally bred for a specific purpose. Breeds such as the Border Collie were bred to work continuously all day; they are incredibly intelligent dogs that require a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. They are not lapdogs and are not likely to be happiest curled up on the sofa!
The role a dog was bred for affects its characteristics. Terriers were bred to deal with rodents so may not be the best of friends with your hamster, for example! Breeds like the Doberman, however, were bred as guard dogs so are often suspicious of strangers and prone to barking.
All dogs need exercise. There is no breed of dog suitable for someone who is not prepared for this. Active breeds like the Springer Spaniel will require at least two hours of walking every day, in any weather and have a strong desire to work; they may become destructive if these needs are not met.
The best way to choose a dog is by careful research. Read as much as you can and speak to experienced owners. Check out resources such as these available online!
When you first become a dog owner it is very exciting and fun! It is true your dog is your best friend when it comes to play, but you have to be your dog's best friend when it comes to providing care. Visit these resources to learn more about how to be a responsible dog owner.
Good Dog in a Box Being a Responsible Pet Owner video series