oh, well, if you are going to branch out into how to CHOOSE a dog or breed,
if *i* was writing the book,
on how to choose
a canine to live with,
as well as emphasizing the need to research the breed and the requirements for various breeds, like Tx says,
i'd ALSO strongly emphasize the ease of adopting an adult dog, compared to
bringing home an infant baby dog.
for real, as cute as puppies are,
raising an infant dog is not for every lifestyle, nor for every human temperament. It's hard to go a month around here or any dog website, (go look on Yahoo answers pet section, and shake your head)
without some puppy owner posting they are about to pull their hair out over something that almost all puppies will go through,
the "can't be home alone very long",
for some ppl---MONTHS AND MONTHS of trying to potty train a puppy,
the leash pulling,
..........just starting from scratch,
on every single behavior,
on a baby creature with a short att'n span,
and limited self control skills,
is not for everyone.
As well as the uncertainty if this puppy will turn out to have the dog-aggression gene, which doesn't manifest til about 9 mos old. (you can NOT tell by it's parents, it can be recessive,and it does not show up in the puppy...it's like herding---- the urge is already on the DNA, but won't display til later on/can't be seen in the litter box yet)
I'd emphasize the bennies of adopting an adult dog.
If i were going to branch out into how to choose a puppy, i'd also warn the ppl what it means when that one puppy in the litter box keeps ducking or crawling away from the human hands, and what that
dog will be like later on.
I'd also make an attempt to steer potential dog owners away from
puppy mill dogs, pet shop dogs (<----almost invariably
from mills) and backyard breeders, if i was branching out into how to CHOOSE a dog.
Jean, you might need TWO different books----"HOW TO CHOOSE
a puppy or a DOG"
"HOW TO RAISE