BLOSSOM HILL
GREATER SWISS MOUNTAIN DOGS
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Think About It

A LIST OF THE TOP 10 REASONS PEOPLE GIVE UP THEIR DOGS

Read this list and then read it again.  Think about what you would do in each situation.

  1. Moving.  What if you move, what will become of your dog? 
  2. Landlord issues.  Did you check with your landlord, association or property manager to make sure your agreement allows you to have a dog?  Is there a weight limit on the dogs allowed in your building? 
  3. Health and maintenance costs.  Have you considered the cost of food each week, regular veterinary care, training and socialization?  How about a dog sitter, walker or boarding facility should you need them?  What will happen if your dog is sick or injured?   Veterinary bills for emergencies or serious medical situations can be in the thousands.  How will you handle this?  Will you purchase insurance for your pet?
  4. Not enough time.  A dog needs your attention EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Are you prepared to spend time training your dog?  Are you prepared to regularly socialize your dog?  Will you offer some exercise every day?  Dogs are creatures of habit; they do best on regular feeding and exercise schedules.  Can you commit?
  5. Inadequate facilities.  Is your home adequate for this size/type of dog?  Where will your dog spend the day, sleep at night, where will you put a crate?  Do you have a fenced yard?  If not, are you prepared to walk this dog several times each day, rain or shine, blizzard or 105 degrees?
  6. Too many pets already.  Many well intentioned people take on more than they can handle.   If you adopt another pet will all the animals in your house receive the necessary attention, care and financial commitment they deserve?
  7. Personal problems.  Life happens!  Divorce, job loss, injury, foreclosure, what will happen to your dog?  You should ALWAYS be able to call your breeder for assistance with your dog.  They can suggest temporary (short term) solutions or help with re-homing the dog should your situation require.
  8. The kids.  Kids take up time and so do dogs.  Do you have enough time and attention to go around?  What about when school is out or soccer practice and dance class and basketball season starts?  Both the children and the dog need training.  Rules, respect and boundaries go a long way.  Do you have time to teach them?    
  9. Babies.  Many organizations/shelters list “new baby” in their top three reasons families give up their pets.  Babies require what seems like 24/7 time and attention and the dog will not sit quietly in the corner and wait for that baby to grow up.  If you have a baby or plan to bring a baby/babies into your home in the future, can you manage the demands?
  10. Behavior problems.  Are you prepared to train your dog?  Are you prepared to socialize your dog?  It’s IMPORTANT and it’s your RESPONSIBILITY!  A well trained, well socialized dog can be a great companion and joy to live with.  A dog with no manners, and little or no socialization is, often difficult and well, just plain WRONG.  Be the leader, invest the time in training your dog and show it the world outside your four walls and you can be rewarded with happy and appropriate companion for years to come.
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