Monday, March 9, 2009

Preparation, preparation...

Who would believe it would take so much preparation for the arrival of puppies?
Nursery, specialised toys, the right diet, vaccination dates, name registration, long discussions with breeders about the right match between me and my pups.

Discerning breeders make very sure that their dogs go to just the right kind of home because its like Marriage - a life time commitment. At least I knew what I was in for with beagles. But trust me, it's not just about cute puppy looks. You don't want to go home with the wrong breed or temperament which will drive you up the wall. You see there is no such option as Divorce.

A dog's behaviour and attitude is imprinted within the first 4 to 5 months of its life (just as a child is influenced forever by what happens up to 5 years). So I knew the most important thing of all was Puppy Socialisation classes - a kind of guide through this critical period. I thought I knew it all but dog behaviour has become an advanced science. I needed to learn how to live in domestic harmony with my dogs "forever after until death do us part". Call it pre-marriage counselling.

I reckon it's the the most important thing I and my dogs will ever do together.

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