Traveling can be a stressful experience - you’re out of your comfort zone, you have to deal with being crammed in tight quarters with a variety of strangers, and you have to worry about whether or not you remembered to pack everything. If you’re traveling with a dog on top of that, it’s just one more thing you have to micromanage!
Having a medium-sized dog who is great with kids is a beautiful thing to witness! All a dog needs is food, water, a comfortable shelter, affection, and the occasional walk. In return, your child will have a devoted friend who stays by their side day after day.
There are many medium sized dog breeds in the 20-60lb range that are fun to train, due to their athleticism and desire for a “job” to do! A dog in this size range is perfect if you are searching for an active companion, because they are large and athletic enough to handle most types of vigorous exercise, yet not so massive that strenuous activity would would be hard on their muscles and joints.
Is an apartment an appropriate place to raise a large breed dog or puppy? Can large dogs live in apartments?
Usually, but it depends on the individual! The most important things to consider is the dog’s life history, their breed background or pedigree, and your willingness to exercise your dog outside of the apartment.
Big dogs need to play, too! It can be fairly costly replacing all of the stuffed animals that your large dog immediately shreds on a regular basis. There are many dog toys available on the market that, while appearing attractive to a consumer, are not actually suitable as a toy that a dog would rigorously play with.
Once upon a time, medium and large-sized dogs were the most popular types in the country. But a few years ago, small dogs surpassed both large and medium-sized ones in popularity.
That doesn’t mean medium-sized dogs aren’t still popular. According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever, a medium-sized breed, was the most popular dog breed in 2017, and has been for the past 27 years. That’s because Labs are friendly, active, eager to please, and highly trainable, just like a lot of medium-sized breeds.
Bringing a new puppy home to the family is such a fun and rewarding experience! Everything your new puppy does is sssooo cute! While it’s very easy to get lost in the bliss of puppy breath and belly rubs, the clock starts ticking from the moment you bring your puppy home.
Why is that?
Puppies are information sponges. Every interaction that your puppy has matters (whether it’s with you, your family members, the other animals in your household, or even inanimate objects).
This 12-week old Koolie puppy is eager to learn! She wants nothing more than to work with you!
Why should you begin training a puppy right away? It’s because younger dogs learn at a faster rate than an older dog, so there is no better time to train your puppy how to be your ideal companion than right now.
This 12-week old Australian Koolie puppy wanted to “mouth” everything during her first day home! Be prepared for your puppy’s first day home by offering them an irresistible long-lasting chew, such as a bully stick!
Puppies love to chew!
Chewing is a natural behavior that you should expect to observe in puppies, especially between the ages of 4-6 months, which is the “teething” stage. Like humans, young puppies have deciduous teeth, or “milk teeth”, that will start to fall out during this age and be replaced with their permanent adult teeth.