Not doing your research before getting a dog

One of the best ways to set yourself up for success with your dog is to be prepared from the outset. Dr. Rachel Barrack, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine of Animal Acupuncture told me in our interview, “Owning a dog or cat is a responsibility for the lifetime of that pet. Make sure you are prepared before making that commitment. Pets require time and money.”

In addition, be careful when selecting which type of breed to adopt. Barrack added, “If you are interested in a specific breed of dog, do your research first. Do not make an impulse decision. Some dogs require a lot more activity than others, some dogs do not do well left alone for long periods, some do not do well with small children or cats. Make sure to make the right choice for your home and lifestyle.”

A little bit of research and forethought will save you a lot of headaches later on.


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