Know your Breed
Why do you think we see so many over weight, out of shape dogs in cities? A common sense conclusion? Little understanding of what your breed needs. Lets talk about the Jack Russell Terrier (as former Terrier parent – yes, he was the smartest, handsomest dog ever!).
Whether you’re a dog person or not, have you met a puppy- complete with puppy eyes and wagging tail you didn’t fall just a little in love with? And had to take it home, there are few of us who haven’t been in that position, some of us are lucky enough to take them home.
Before you do that, think about the breed, what was the dog bred for? Many working dogs like German Shepherds, and Retrievers, are used as for the purpose for which they were bred, but many are adopted, brought home as family pets. Remember that they still carry the instinct for which they were bred.
Think about it, a Jack Russell Terrier, bred, for chasing, hopping, burrowing, and getting into fox holes, still carries that instinct! And as a Russell pet parent I can attest that if they cant get at fox holes, they’ll burrow your (newly upholstered) couch! Because you’ve essentially got a working dog with all the energy in the world, mean to be running over hill and dale, confined to an apartment.
Make sure you have the time and energy levels to match the breed you bring home. First time pet owners are especially vulnerable and assume they can handle high energy breeds. The name of a breed will usually lead you to the ‘function’ it was bred for. ‘Labs’ yellow, round, tail waggers that we all love, are hunting dogs. Labrador Retrievers were bred to retrieve prey, not sit around apartments, a short walk down the road and stay inactive the rest of the day. Few of us live in bungalows or farms and huge tracts of land anymore, but we can exercise them. Make sure you supervise their activity levels, put a monitor on them so you know what they’ve been up to while you were at work or while they were on their walk with the dog walker, or house help. They’ll be happier healthier dogs.
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