I have been researching breeds for a project I am doing at the moment. Along with this, I have also seen programs on the TV about puppies. I can plainly see that it is very important to research breeds and the needs of a puppy, and that if this isn’t done, it can lead to negative consequences for both the family and the dog.
Saying this, you would expect that I did a lot of research before picking Daisy. You would be wrong.
Daisy is a Puggle, which is a cross between a Beagle and a Pug. if I had looked more into the personalities of these breeds, then i would have been better prepared for what I would be letting myself in for. When I was choosing a dog, I wanted a smallish dog, who wasn’t sedentary, but wasn’t too energetic. I wanted a companion who I could share life with, but not a dog who was so much effort that I would be stressed. I looked for a long time for the right dog. I visited a few and after a while, I went to see Daisy.
I had decided I didn’t want a young puppy as I wasn’t experienced enough, and I didn’t want an old dog as I wanted a long life with it. Daisy was 7 months old. When I visited, she was bouncy and wanted to play. She showed that she could do basic obedience tasks and was crate-trained. She was obedient and a right character. I loved her already. I wanted the best for her. So I took her home.
Since then, my life has changed in so many ways. I have realised that puggle’s need a lot of stimulation and exercise. Daisy could go for hours on a walk if she could. She isn’t content on resting on the sofa. She always needs to be doing something. This has been both good and bad. I struggle with my mental health and I worry that I don’t give her enough stimulation. I don’t have enough energy to keep up with her and I find this difficult. I often feel frustrated and wish she would lie down. But then I look at what she has brought me. I get out and about, I enjoy the walks we have. I enjoy playing with her and her funny quirks. I love her character and her affection. She is well behaved (most of the time) and easily trainable. Thanks to her, I have learned so much about the world of dogs and had more opportunities that I ever would have thought.
While I wouldn’t change her for the world, I can’t stress enough the importance of reading up on breeds and how to look after and train a puppy or dog. This will ensure you get the right dog for your lifestyle and that behavioural problems are less likely.
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