I’ve got sooooo much for you today! Firstly, I have a guest post from the dog-crazy Gina at PawLife, then a Giveaway PLUS some FREE sheets on dog care, and a book review … I don’t know where to start 🙂 You’ll just have to keep scrolling down!
Guest post by Gina from PawLife.com.au
Dog’s make great companions for adults, but when it comes to children you want to ensure that your future dog is a tolerant breed. There are some dog breeds for families that will blend in nicely. Your dog will become your child’s best friend and playmate.
When choosing a dog breed that will be suited to your family, there are a few factors that you should consider.
Size: When it comes to choosing a dog, size does matter. Bigger dogs tend to have a more placid temperament while smaller dogs can be slightly aggressive and territorial.
Temperament: The general nature of dog breeds will give you a broader understanding of their temperament and personality trait.
A few questions to ask yourself and your family before making any decisions of adding a dog to your family;
* What is the breeds personality trait?
* Are you adopting a dog?
* Do you know the history of the dog?
* Will the dog get along with all family members?
* Will the dog get along will other animals in the family?
A few questions to ask yourself concerning your children;
* Will your children accept a dog into the family?
* Do your children know how to treat a dog?
* Are your children responsible?
* Are your children ready for a dog?
Seven Best Dog Breeds for Families
1. Golden Retriever
Golden retrievers are smart and can be easily trained. They are a highly active dog and enjoy the outdoors. This breed is perfect for busy families that enjoy going to the beach, running and parks.
When owning a pug, you need to ensure your children do not overfeed this breed. They are prone to becoming overweight from being given snacks and too many treats. This breed loves to sleep and eat. Not overly active, they do enjoy a little daily walk. Perfect for snuggling up on the couch and watching a family movie.
3. Mixed Breed (Mut)
You don’t need to get a purebred breed. Mixed breeds are also great for families. Mixed breeds generally are very loyal as they have traits from both sides of breeds. Larger mixed breeds are recommended for families with small children.
4. Border Collie
We all know that collie is regarded as one of the most intelligent dog breeds around and also very loyal. They require a lot of attention and yard space as they are very active and also need mental stimulation. This breed loves children and is perfect for the outdoor family.
Boxers are a popular breed as they are fun-loving yet very loyal and have a protective demeanour. This breed is very energetic and can get overly excited so if you have small children you will need to ensure your boxer is calm and trained as they may unintentionally bowl over your kids.
This is breed is a gentle giant, their size can be overwhelming but are great with children. They build strong bonds and are great for families that are in snowy climates.
The Beagle is one of the most common breeds in America. They have been around for thousands of years and if you have a pure breed they are known for the white tip tail. The Beagle breed is a very vocal and social breed. Loyal to the bone and great for families.
Training is extremely important that you put in the time to train your dog if they are to be around children all of the time. Also, your children must to taught how to care, treat and understand the dog’s body language. With these tips, you will have an awesome family dog.
Having records at hand in case of emergency means one less thing to worry about when your dog is sick. You can download your FREE Dog Bundle Pack from PawLife.com.au
* A printable Dog-friendly human foods list
* A printable 6-page Pet Record and Information Pack that includes:
o Pet Record sheet
o Pet Sitter Information Sheet
o Medication sheet
o Vaccination Records Sheet
o Flea, Tick & Worm Treatment Schedule
o Contacts Sheet
These sheets have been created to be easily printed so you can stick on the fridge, give to pet sitters, family members, friends and your vet.
Thanks Gina. It’s me again now. Did you know that Meghan Markle has a rescue beagle? I just love this story.
*** NEW BOOK ALERT ***
So, if you are taking the plunge, Gina has published a book called The PawLife Guide: Dog Care at Home
DOG CARE AT HOME gives you the information you need to have a happy and healthy dog no matter what your dog’s current stage in life, in just 10 minutes a day. Over 200 hours of research including interviews with veterinarians and fellow dog owners around the world, Dog Care at Home is the all-in-one book to have at home, with six veterinarians that have contributed to this ultimate guide, rest assured you are in reliable hands. Inside you will discover: – Choosing the right breed – The basic steps of raising a puppy – What vaccinations are for and why your dog needs them – Travelling with your dog – How to perform CPR on your dog – Health and hygiene including dental care – Choosing the right veterinarian – When it’s time to say goodbye – And much more! PawLife’s Dog Care at Home is the answer for all your dog parenting needs in one comprehensive guide that ensures your dog lives a long, healthy and happy life.
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dog-Care-Home-Ultimate-Healthy-ebook/dp/B07HGR9ZNF
*** COMPETITION TIME! ***
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Gina is an enthusiastic dog lover, so much so that she founded her own dog blog business called PawLife, which has been awarded top 10 Australian Dog Blog. This wouldn’t be possible without her best friend Harley, who is a toy poodle mix. They are continually going on new adventures, testing out new squeaky toys.
Gina recently discovered her writing passion and wanted to create the ultimate guidebook that would support, educate and inspire pet parents and yet to be pet parents around the world. Gina and Harley are originally from Australia, where the weather is always beautiful. This is Gina’s first book and looks forward to writing many more to help fellow pet-parents; with her fur-baby Harley by her side.
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