Is that a puppy Greyhound or an Italian Greyhound? Are those Cairns? I’ve never seen them with all-black faces before! In my line of work, I get questions like these daily.
I can barely get down the street without being stopped by someone who wants to say hello (to the dog) and inquire about their breed. And now, more than ever, pet parents and aficionados want to know what’s the genetics behind these cute and impressive looking dogs.
And with the plethora of DNA tests for dogs on the market, the answers are just a few clicks away. However, some may argue –what’s the point?
So in this post, I’ll provide you with some insight into the tremendous value that DNA tests for dogs can offer you as a dog parent. I will also share with you what’s one of the best DNA tests for dogs out there on the market today.
The only thing worse than knowing your dog is not feeling well is not knowing why they’re not feeling well. And when it comes to our dogs experiencing diarrhea, it can become challenging when we’re unable to rule out the usual suspects for the source of illness.
Food, poisonous plants, an adverse reaction to a medication, etc. are typically the culprits. But sometimes it’s more of an emotional trigger that’s causing the illness. And you, as the pet parent, may unknowingly be prompting this stress. An example of this includes:
When it comes to deciding to adopt a dog, there are mainly two points of contention to explore. The first is whether or not you’re a good fit for dog parenting. The second is to determine if your dog of interest is a good fit for your temperament and lifestyle. The first point (if you’re a good fit) is of vital importance because it naturally precedes your choosing a potential dog. It also requires much more analysis.
Failing to thoroughly assess your fitness for dog parenting often results in your regretting the decision to get the dog, your lack of providing quality care, and finally, the relinquishing of your dog to a dog shelter, or worse, a friend or family member.
I say worse because when you give someone a dog that you adopted, these second-hand pet parents have higher rates statistically for returning pets to shelters. And it naturally makes sense because they weren’t the ones who initially wanted to adopt a dog in the first place.
Of course, this is not the case for all second-hand pet parents. Especially if they were actively looking to adopt a pet, and took advantage of the opportunity to choose your lovely dog.
I’m talking about when someone convinces a friend or relative who otherwise had no interest in adopting a dog to take on their dog. Sure, this may help the person feel better since they did not return the dog to the shelter. But It fails to consider if it was a good idea for their friend or relative to take on this responsibility.
I believe it’s best to do your due diligence before you decide to adopt so that no one returns a dog that needs a home back to a shelter.
So the goal of this post is to help you avoid becoming one of these statistics at all costs! As we drill down through the questions, by the end you will be able to confidently conclude whether becoming a dog parent makes sense for you.