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Do’s and Don’ts for Dog Owners: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

As a dog owner, I look back to my childhood in horror and cannot believe what awful dog owners my parents were.  I know that sounds harsh, but the level of pet-parenting dogs receive today is vastly different than it was 20 – 30 years ago.  Today I am what might be called an over-protective pet parent, but I am probably this way due to years of learning from my parents’ mistakes.  Here are my top do’s and don’ts for dog owners, gathered from my own experiences growing up. Don’t Assume All Dog Breeds are the Same Before I was born, my parents had only ever owned purebred cocker spaniels.  Until I had a spaniel of my own, I never understood why my parents thought dogs didn’t need training or exercise [note:  I do not recommend not training or not exercising a spaniel; rather, some dog breeds just happen to...
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Is a Shiba Inu Right for You?

Shiba Inus are popular dogs thanks to their fox-like aesthetic and small, manageable size.  However, this breed of dog is often considered to be one of the more difficult ones to own, and for good reason.  Is a Shiba Inu right for your family? Temperament Shiba Inus are commonly called the “cats of the dog world” due to their aloof personality.  They tend to be loner dogs, ones that prefer keeping to themselves rather than engaging in stereotypical dog-like behaviors, such as attention seekin.  As alert and active animals they make great watch dogs, and their high energy makes them perfect exercise partners for active people. Size, Coloring, and Upkeep Shibas are small in stature, standing 16 – 17 inches tall and weighing 18 – 22 lbs.  They have four common coat colorings, including red, sesame, black and tan, or white. Shiba Inus have a double coat and shed heavily,...
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