I would say that if you are consistent across the following points, both you and your companion will have a happy and healthy life together:
- Keep him healthy: Take him to the vet on a regular basis, dogs tend to be strong and won’t tell you if something is wrong. Taking him to the vet will warrant that he is OK.
- I would say a older dog is better for the first time dog owner.
- Older dogs usually have a more even temperament, you get what you see.
- Older dogs are less susceptible to many diseases puppies are prone to.
- Many are already house trained which will make your life much easier.
- An older dog may also be a better dog for a household with children as puppies can be very rambunctious.
Don’t have more pets that your local law approves. Don’t have more pets than you and your family can properly care for or financially care for.
- Leadership and consistency: Dogs need a strong and consistent owner. You do not need to lift 200lbs and be able to beat a heavy weight boxer in a fistfight. What you do need is to be consistent in your training, and confident
Keep your pet either on a leash, in a kennel run or behind an enclosed fence when outdoors. Don’t assume that everyone around you knows that your dog doesn’t bite. Also, just make your pet hasn’t bitten someone before doesn’t mean it never will.
Unfamiliar dogs can sometimes scare people including: mailmen & women, utility workers; park goers, cyclists; joggers, and lots of children playing outdoors. People should not have to be afraid to be outdoors. Don’t assume the law doesn’t apply to you. Whatever the laws are where you reside, follow them always.