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Advice for New Dog Owners

Excerpts from the New Dog Owner’s Guide by Pets Best

Some Things to Consider

As a first-time dog owner, there are several things to think about before you decide that this is a commitment you’re ready to make.

Before setting out to find a dalmatian for your kids, you’ll want to carefully consider the needs of each breed, and whether or not that fits with you and/or your family’s lifestyle.

There are breeds of dog, such as large hunting breeds, that need more physical exercise and training. Small, toy breeds require less exercise, but can become easily injured which could make them poor companions for families with small children.


One thing commonly overlooked with regard to buying a dog is the cost beyond initial purchase, and those costs add up quickly.

Size of Your Home

Depending on the size of your home, there are types of breeds who may be a more optimal fit. Smaller breeds can be a good choice for someone in an apartment though not all small breeds are a wise choice.

Renting Liabilities

There are a number of things to consider if you rent your home. It’s important to check with your landlord to find out not only whether or not you’ll need renter’s liability insurance, but which types of breeds are allowed.

Keep in mind that dog ownership is a long-term commitment, so you’ll want to be sure that your situation is stable and that you clearly understand the commitment involved.

Read more of the New Dog Owner’s Guide by Pets Best here.

Published by

Terri Kerr

Terri Kerr’s training career began at age eleven with horses. Her early success competing in the Hunter/Jumper divisions enabled her to further a career training young horses for other competitors. Her skills grew working with these spirited animals, and they taught her that communication and motivation where key to obtaining the highest level of performance from animals. Terri’s first job was working in a kennel at 16, then at 18 became a groomer. By 1984 Terri began focusing her skills on a slightly smaller but no less spirited animal; she began her career training dogs. Her first few dogs were rescued poodles, which she competed in obedience obtaining AKC-CD titles. After she was bit with the dog competition bug, Terri turned to a Doberman Pincher named Trueman who together they earned the coveted OTCH. Terri has been awarded High in Trial at numerous shows. Terri has been teaching and training dogs for 25 years.