I recently overheard two people discussing the cost of raising a dog and genetic testing came up. One comment was: “Do you want to pay now for a healthy puppy or pay a vet later?”. She was referring to the cost of the testing versus the cost of paying for the long-term healthcare of a dog with an inherited disease.
Bringing a new puppy into the family is a financial and emotional investment. Once the kids fall in love with that new puppy, there is no turning back, no matter what might happen. Whether you are a dog trainer, simply a careful buyer looking for a long-term pet, or have recently adopted your dog, genetic testing can help you understand the potential genetic threats to your dog’s health. Testing your dog now, regardless of their age or breed, will save money over time.
We train our dogs to do certain things, like sit, stay, lay down, retrieve or even run through an agility course. Training a dog takes patience and persistence. It means providing consistent clues that your dog will eventually come to understand if done in the same manner. But I’ve recently come to wonder, have I trained my dog, or has she trained me?
Every time we sit down to eat dinner, our dog Daisy runs to the front door, whips around and stares at us. Invariably, one of us says, “Daisy needs to go out” and my daughter groans, gets up and lets her out. Most of the time, Daisy does her business, but sometimes, she runs out to the middle of the yard, expecting my daughter to follow her and hopefully play. This has led us to believe that Daisy’s behavior of running to the door and then staring us down, has trained us to respond in a particular way, and has us wondering if she brags to the other dogs that she has trained her human to stand up and open the door on command.
Likewise, Trixie the Wiener Dog has my husband trained to ...