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The 25 Most Costly Dog Breeds

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Owning a dog can be expensive depending on the dog breed you choose, with some requiring more medical care than others, in addition to other costs.

Americans reportedly spend an average of $1,675 per year on their dog, with purebred dogs costing five times more than a mutt or mixed dog, Prudent Pet Insurance reported last year.

Purebreds, short-nosed dogs and large dogs have the highest pet insurance rates, while mixed breeds have the lowest rates as they “are less prone to genetically predisposed ailments,” the North American Pet Health Insurance Association notes.

Here we look at 25 of the most expensive dog breeds.

German shepherd

German shepherds can each cost around $800 on average, while grooming costs amount to around $40 per session. Medical expenses could run as high as around $20,500 over a lifespan of around 10 to 13 years. Common conditions that will need treatment include hip dysplasia and perianal fistulas, according to GOBankingRates.

A German Shepherd from the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show pictured at the One World Observatory on February 15, 2017 in New York City.
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Bernese mountain dog

Bernese mountain dogs cost around $800 to buy, while grooming these large dogs cost around $75 per visit on average. With a short life expectancy of around seven to 10 years due to health issues such as elbow and hip dysplasia and aseptic meningitis, medical costs can reach around $6,500, GOBankingRates reported.

Bernese mountain dog U.K. 2016A Bernese mountain dog walks pictured in Clevedon, England in the U.K. on March 2, 2016.
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Chow Chow

The purchase price of this medium-sized breed averages around $900, while grooming costs are around $90 per visit. Their medical costs can soar to around $11,000 over their expected lifespan of around eight to 12 years, according to GOBankingRates.

Their primary health concerns include eyelid entropion, hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies and thyroid function, according to Prudent Pet Insurance.

Chow Chow in India 2020 dog showA Chow Chow dog at the Championship Dog Show by the Indian National Kennel Club in Ahmedabad in western India on January 5, 2020.
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Rottweiler

The price of rottweilers can range from around $800 to $5,000, depending on where in the U.S. you purchase them, Jill Kessler-Miller, who is on the board of directors for the American Rottweiler Club, told Care.com, a company that finds caregivers for various services including pet care.

“A lot of that is going to depend on the breeder, and it’s going to depend on the region. Dogs in California can be more expensive than, say, Wisconsin. For a show quality dog or a possible breeding-quality dog, those can run anywhere from, say, $1,800 on up. I have known breeders that will charge into the $3,000 to $5,000 [range] for their puppies,” Kessler-Miller noted.

Rottweiler in Turkey dog show 2019A Rottweiler seen at the Ankara National Breed Standards Competition in Ankara, Turkey on August 25, 2019.
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English bulldog

English bulldogs can be purchased for around $1,250 each, while grooming them costs about $48 per session. They are reported to be at high risk for several health issues, with average health costs reaching around $5,700, according to GOBankingRates.

English bulldog dog show Germany 2012An English bulldog at the CACIB dog exhibition at the Exhibition Centre Nuernberg in Nuernberg, Germany on n January 14, 2012.
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Staffordshire bull terrier

The average price of a Staffordshire bull terrier is $1,500, while grooming costs are around $48 per visit. With a life expectancy of around 12 to 14 years, medical costs for treating general health issues can reach around $3,500 for Staffordshire bull terriers, GOBankingRates reports.

Staffordshire bull terrier in London, U.K. 2010A Staffordshire bull terrier seen at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London, England in the U.K. on August 2, 2010,
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The Old English sheepdog

Old English sheepdogs cost around $1,200 on average to buy and around $88 per visit to a groomer. With an average life expectancy of around 10 to 12 years, medical costs can go up to $7,600 per dog, GOBankingRates reported.

Old English sheepdog NYC 2011An Old English sheepdog seen at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 14, 2011.
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Golden retriever

Golden retrievers have a predisposition for several serious health issues, including cancer. Medical costs can potentially hit around $17,500 over their expected lifespan of around 10 to 12 years. A golden retriever costs around $1,000 to buy and around $56 for each visit to a groomer, GOBankingRates reported.

A golden retriever in Germany 2020A golden retriever on a meadow seen on August 23, 2020 in Ulm, Germany.
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Samoyed

The rare Samyed breed costs around $1,200 on average to buy, while grooming costs are at about $60 per session. They are prone to some health issues, such as corneal dystrophy and autoimmune conditions, which can be costly to treat. Medical costs can run as high as $4,800 over their lifespan of around 12 to 14 years, GOBankingRates reported.

Samoyed dog in Cornwall, U.K. 2018A Samoyed dog seen at Portmeor Beach as snow arrives in St Ives in Cornwall, England in the U.K. on February 28, 2018.
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Newfoundland

Newfoundlands costs around $1,500 to buy, while grooming costs average around $65 per session. They are predisposed to several health conditions, such as cardiomyopathy and gastric dilatation volvulus. Their medical costs reach up to $5,500 over their lifespan of around nine to 10 years, GOBankingRates reported.

Newfoundland dog U.K. Crufts dog show 2018A Newfoundland dog seen at the Crufts dog show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England in the U.K. on March 8, 2018.
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Black Russian Terrier

The average selling price of a Black Russian terrier is $1,800, while grooming costs are around $105 per visit. Health costs can run even higher, reaching up to $6,000 to treat common orthopedic and eye problems over their lifespan of around 10 to 14 years, GOBankingRates reported.

Black Russian terrier 2016 NYC dog showA Black Russian terrier competing in the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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French bulldog

These small dogs can cost around $2,000 each, while grooming costs are around $35 per session. French bulldogs come with several serious health concerns. Medical expenses can average around $4,300 over their lifespan of around 10 to 12 years, according to GOBankingRates.

French bulldog U.K. Crufts dog show 2017A French bulldog dog posing at the Crufts dog show at the NEC Arena on March 10, 2017 in Birmingham, England of the U.K.
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Pharaoh hound

The price of a pet Pharaoh hound can range from around $1,200 to $1,500, while a show quality Pharaoh hound can cost from $2,500 to $3,500, advised Robert Newman, the president of the Pharaoh Hound Club of America.

The breed is reported to be highly sensitive to stress, which can lead to severe digestive and neurotic health issues, which can cost over $1,500 to treat, according to Prudent Pet Insurance.

Pharaoh hound NYC 2016A Pharaoh hound the American Kennel Club’s Meet The Breeds at Pier 92 event in New York City on February 13, 2016.
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Irish wolfhound

While the average purchase price of an Irish wolfhound is $1,800, health costs can potentially amount to around $7,700 over their relatively short lifespan of around six to 10 years. Grooming costs are at about $65 per session, according to GOBankingRates reported.

Irish wolfhound Irish Guards mascot 2019An Irish wolfhound seen at the 1st Battalion Irish Guards St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2019 in Hounslow, England of the U.K.
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Alaskan malamute

The Alaskan malamute costs around $1,200 to buy and their heavy coat costs at least $85 per grooming session. They are at high risk for several health conditions, such as diabetes mellitus, bringing its medical expense to around $7,700 over its average lifespan of around 12 to 15 years, according to GOBankingRates.

Alaskan malamute Minnesota December 2020An Alaskan malamute seen along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota on December 23, 2020.
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Dogo Argentino

The purchase price of this Argentinian breed averages around $1,200 per dog, while grooming costs amount to around $35 per visit. Medical expenses can go up to $1,600 to treat common conditions such as hip dysplasia and deafness, GOBankingRates reported.

Dogo Argentino in Germany dog show 2011A Dogo Argentino at a dog exhibition in Dortmund, Germany on October 16, 2011.
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Portuguese water dog

These medium-sized dogs can cost around $2,500 to buy and medical costs can amount to around $2,700, while grooming sessions can be around $53 per visit. They are expected to live around 10 to 14 years, GOBankingRates reported.

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Löwchen

The purchase price of a Löwchen ranges from around $2,000 to $3,000, according to Care.com. They are surprisingly healthy, so medical costs should be relatively moderate over their lifespan of around 13 to 15 years, Prudent Pet Insurance reported.

Löwchen dog U.K. Crufts dog show 2017A Löwchen posing at the Crufts dog show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England of the U.K. on March 10, 2017.
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Greater Swiss mountain dog

Greater Swiss mountain dogs can cost around $2,500 to $3,000 to purchase. They are expensive due to being extremely difficult to breed, which can potentially require C-section operations, Jennie Chen, a member of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America, told Care.com.

Greater Swiss mountain dog NYC show 2016A Greater Swiss mountain dog competing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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St. Bernard

Medical expenses for these large dogs can soar to around $8,600 over their average lifespan of around eight to 10 years. They cost around $1,500 on average to buy, while grooming costs can cost up to around $65 per visit, GOBankingRates reported.

St. Bernard Crufts dog show U.K. 2020A St. Bernard dog seen at the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England of the U.K. on March 7, 2020.
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Cavalier King Charles spaniel

Cavalier King Charles spaniels cost around $1,200 each on average to purchase, while grooming them costs $55 per session. Prone to several health issues, their potential costs amount to around $1,350 over their expected lifespan of about 10 to 14 years, GOBankingRates reported.

Cavalier King Charles spaniels NYC 2020A pack of Cavalier King Charles spaniels seen in Central Park in New York City on March 18, 2020.
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Spinone Italiano

This Italian breed costs around $1,500 to buy and around $55 per visit to a groomer. While known to be generally healthy, health costs can go up to around $3,000 due to medical conditions such also hip dysplasia and gastric dilatation volvulus. They have a life expectancy of around 12 to 14 years, according to GOBankingRates.

Italian Spinone U.K. Crufts dog show 2020Italian Spinone dogs seen at the Cruft’s dog show at the NEC Arena on March 6, 2020 in Birmingham, England of the U.K.
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Afghan hound

Hailing from the mountains of Afghanistan, on average Afghan hounds cost around $2,000 to purchase, while grooming costs average around $65 per session, according to GOBankingRates.

With a predisposition for certain health conditions, such as cataract and hypothyroidism, medical costs can go up to around $3,000. Their average lifespan is around 10 to 14 years, according to Prudent Pet Insurance.

Afghan hound Beverly Hills Dog Show 2020An Afghan hound competing in the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, California on February 29, 2020.
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Azawakh

This West African breed was reported to be one of the newest breeds of 2019 and their average purchase price ranges from around $1,500 to $2,000, according to Care.com.

They are known to have a quick recovery from injuries and few hereditary conditions but do suffer from epilepsy or Wobbler disease. Azawakhs have an average lifespan of around 12 to 15 years with daily exercise and high-quality food, Prudent Pet Insurance reported.

Azawakh dog Green Park London U.K. 2004An Azawakh seen at Green Park in London, U.K. for the launch of the 2004 Kennel Club’s Greatest Dog Show in the World.
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Tibetan mastiff

The average purchase price of a Tibetan mastiff is around $2,500. Visits to a groomer costs around $70 per session, while medical costs can go up to about $3,000, GOBankingRates reported.

They can be found at much lower costs at shelters, Rebecca Chambliss, secretary of the American Tibetan Mastiff Association told Care.com. “They are free to $500 with most breeders,” she noted.

While reported to be generally healthy, they are prone to hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and eye anomalies, Prudent Pet Insurance noted.

Tibetan mastiff NYC dog show 2015A Tibetan mastiff pictured at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 17, 2015.
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Dog name selection can be a source of conflict for couples. It doesn’t matter if you like Jack and your partner wants to go with Jake, or if one of you likes Wren and the other likes Robin. Similarities can even exist if there is a choice between bogey and divot or perhaps inverse and vector. But what if one is killer or Gamora and the other is betting on Baby or Zoe? These differences can be more difficult to resolve.

Enter Dogname, a new app that helps people choose (with minimal scramble) the perfect name for their dog. Each of the app’s 30,000 names is listed with their meanings and origins, and users go through as many entries as they want, swiping right if they like the name and left if they don’t. The names that both people like are saved as matches, making it easy to choose a mutually acceptable nickname.

I’ve seen the results of many, what to call the dog, fights, and they’re not always beautiful. A couple could not agree on the type of dog or the name of the dog when they got it. They solved their fight (and it turned out to be quite a fight!) By tossing a coin; the winner chose the dog’s name and the other person chose the dog. As a result, they ended up with a tiny fluffy dog ​​named Thor – a dog-name mismatch that made people laugh when they met him.

In a similar but happier story, another couple decided that one person chose the dog and the other the name, but they were both happy with the result. They welcomed a 170 pound English mastiff into their family and named it chiclet. They loved it when people who might have been suspicious of their huge dog felt a lot more comfortable with her because of her non-threatening name.

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In 1997 two astronomy fans were very excited about the appearance of the Hale Bopp comet. Unsurprisingly, they wanted to name the puppy they wanted to have in honor of the record-breaking fireball. But from that common ground they got into a big argument over whether to call her Halley or Comet. (Hale did not consider Hale, Bopp, or Hale-Bopp as a suitable option.)

After weeks of bickering, unable to resolve their disagreements, they adopted two female littermates, named one Halley and the other Comet. The dogs fought each other until they caused serious injuries. The dispute over the name of the couple led to more conflicts in the household than was thought possible.

Sometimes compromises lead to a good dog name. One person in a pair wanted to go with Hershey or Cocoa for their chocolate lab pup, but the other worried that those names were too common or too popular with that breed. But they both loved cooking and also loved the idea of ​​a food name, so they named their pup Rosemary.

Another couple argues over the names Max and Xavier. The first person liked the meaning of Max (“greatest”), but the other wanted a name that began with the letter X, badly. They eventually agreed to name their dog Xander, a greeting to Alexander the Great who pleased both of them.

I love a happy ending that is based on compromise! Do you have a story about how your family came up with the name for your dog after some friction during the decision-making process?

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It is a rare person who can lie in bed and listen to a dog scratching, scratching, scratching and not thinking at night or maybe even saying, “Will you please stop!” Get rid of your dog’s dry skin and flakes from the inside out by adding one of two staple foods – olive oil or coconut oil – to their meals. It can even help both of you sleep better. (Fish oil is another excellent option.)

Dogs have many reasons to scratch themselves, but if your dog does it more often than occasionally – all dogs scratch every now and then – you should call your veterinarian first, who can help you figure out what’s causing the itch. There are at least three possibilities, which sometimes overlap: environmental influences (low humidity, dry room heat in winter), allergies (food, pollen) or parasites (fleas, ticks or, more rarely, mites). An example of a two-tier reason: dogs with flea allergies are extremely sensitive to the presence of a few small pests on their skin.

It may take some time to figure out what is causing the scratching, but two things that can provide some relief are likely in your kitchen right now: olive oil and coconut oil. When it comes to oils that help moisturize a dog’s dry, flaky skin, check out one of these oils and consider changing them regularly to give your dog the benefits of each.

They’re both high in the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) that dogs need to help maintain oil production and skin hydration (and much more). The body needs EFAs to function but cannot make them; they must be obtained from food.

Fortunately, dogs tend to love the taste of oil, so adding it to their meals is an easy way to get it into their system. And be patient; It may take some time for the oil regimen to take effect.

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Once the container is opened, oils exposed to heat and light can go rancid, so follow the recommended storage guidelines for the product. If your kitchen is routinely warmer than about 70 degrees, consider cooling the oil.

Adding an oil to your dog’s meal isn’t a panacea or magic solution, but it can help improve your dog’s overall health – not to mention glossier fur and fewer nightly scratching sessions.

Olive oil for dogs

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the best choice for dogs. Cold-pressed, unrefined and made from the first olive pressing, it is less acidic than more processed forms of olive oil and therefore gentler on the dog’s digestive system. It also has higher levels of vitamins and antioxidants. Dogs who may have difficulty digesting omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids usually get along well with olive oil. Aside from its ability to repair dry, flaky skin and make your dog’s coat shine, olive oil can also stimulate their appetite and help with constipation.

Olive oil can go rancid quickly, which is why it is sold in dark bottles. Keep it in a cool, dark place away from heat sources (not on a sunny counter or near the stove).

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Small dogs, 1/2 teaspoon; medium dogs, 1 teaspoon; big dogs, 2 teaspoons; extra large dogs, 1 tablespoon

Coconut oil for dogs

You probably have coconut oil in your pantry too. It’s high in saturated fat, and its medium-chain triglycerides and medium-chain fatty acids, which are quickly absorbed, are said to help with a number of medical conditions.

Based on research done primarily on humans and rodents, it is believed that consuming coconut oil eliminates various types of skin problems, including itchy or dry skin; Minimize odors; reduce allergic reactions; and treatment of yeast and fungal infections.

Like olive oil, the best coconut oils for dogs are organic, virgin, and cold-pressed. This oil comes in a variety of flavors – strong, buttery, mild, nutty – and you may need to experiment to see which your dog prefers with their food. (Some dogs are put off by a strong coconut flavor.)

Coconut oil can be added to the food or – if the area is particularly dry or itchy – massaged directly into the dog’s skin. When applied topically, be very conservative in the amount you use and supervise your dog afterwards until the oil is absorbed. Your dog will likely try to lick it off, and too much coconut oil at once can have consequences (see info box). Plus, you know the potential for stained floors and bedding.

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Note: If your dog is prone to pancreatitis, check with your veterinarian before adding him to his food.

Small dogs, 1/4 teaspoon; medium / large dogs, 1/2 to 2 teaspoons; extra large dogs, 1 tablespoon.

Fish oil for dogs

While not your ordinary pantry item, fish oil is a must-have nutritional supplement that is believed to aid dog heart health, reduce itching and flaking, and relieve allergies and joint pain. When choosing a fish oil for your dog, check with the manufacturer for their certificate of analysis. A mix of salmon, herring, sardines, and other small fish provides the most omega-3 fatty acids and the longest shelf life.

Note the following: Fish oil can increase blood clotting time. So if your dog needs surgery, tell your veterinarian about this supplement; the vet may ask you to pause for a few days before and after the procedure.

Finally, one more good reason to speak to your vet before giving your dog any supplements: processing fish oil can cause the dog’s system to use up its supply of vitamin E. This can lead to a deficiency that brings its own problems. Ask your veterinarian if this is a concern for your dog.

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How to Socialize Your Puppy

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I’m not claiming to be clairvoyant, but I do have a feeling that Puppy Socialization: What It Is and How to Do It by Marge Rogers, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CCUI, and Eileen Anderson, MM, MS, is about reading and recommended by many dog ​​professionals and dog lovers eager to get the word out.

The writers had me on “Remember, there is a human tendency to want to show the world your pups, but it’s not the same thing as showing your pup the world! Avoid the temptation to let your pup become a magnet for human attention. The last thing you want to do is let him overwhelm and frighten. “

The book – an e-book available on multiple platforms – provides equally useful information and ideas throughout, and both novice and professional puppy breeders will benefit from its guidance and advice. It teaches people everything they need to know about puppy socialization in order for them to develop into the best possible versions of their canine selves. And with 120 photos and video links, not only is this book practical and helpful, it’s also fun to read.

Socialization as a concept is often misunderstood, and this confusion prevents our pups from starting off properly. After reading this book, people will understand what socialization is (and what isn’t) and learn to properly socialize their puppy.

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Rogers and Anderson do their readers a great service by showing them how to socialize dogs through photos and videos. Learning the right way to get puppy on the right paw is much easier by seeing it and reading about it. The videos, most of which are from actual training sessions with puppies and their owners, are practical and useful in ways new puppy owners will want.

The reason socialization is so important is easier to understand when you consider what happens to puppies who are not socialized. Anderson writes, “I had my own wild pup who was born in the forest and not exposed to humans in any way. I got in at the very end of their sensitive phase of socialization, but no one else. Since then we’ve been playing catch-up. … Your deeply ingrained reaction to people other than me is complete and persistent fear. “

Anderson is the first to recognize that her dog is an extreme version of what can happen when a dog is not socialized. It is likely that a combination of genetics along with limited early experience has made life especially difficult for this particular dog. But it’s hard to avoid the thought that your dog’s life might have ended badly in someone else’s hands … and quickly.

Puppy socialization includes a clear explanation of the magical time – known as the sensitive time for socialization – when puppies are prepared to learn new things. This only lasts for a short time in the first few months of life, so it is important to maximize this opportunity. It will save you and your puppy from trouble or even heartache later.

This new treasure of a book also covers dog body language so readers can learn to tell whether their pup is relaxed or tense, happy or nervous, anxious or comfortable. This knowledge is essential to socializing a puppy, but few books cover it in the puppy context.

In fact, this chapter on dog body language is relevant to all owners, regardless of their dog’s age. For example, most people do not know that a dog that is yawning can show symptoms of anxiety and anxiety. Or that when a dog shows its stomach, it doesn’t always ask for a stomach rub. Understanding dog body language improves the bond between dogs and the people they love.

When asked why they contained so much information about reading dog visual cues, Anderson replied, “For us, this is the missing part because so many people don’t know how to read the mean or very subtle cues of how to do it your dog feels. If you can’t tell [that] Your puppy is scared you’re in trouble. You risk frightening him instead of teaching him that the world is a wonderful and fun place for puppies. “

The authors also counter all of the bad puppy socialization advice with lots of fact-based information. Myth Destruction is a great service, and the writers do it well by helping readers (and their dogs) avoid the consequences of harmful myths and falsehoods. In fact, according to Rogers, this bad advice was the inspiration to write this book in the first place.

“We all have different memories of who said the word ‘book’ first, but we wrote it because our hearts ached when we saw people follow traditional advice and it made their pups worse.” An example for the traditional advice Rogers is referring to is to suggest taking your pup anywhere and exposing him to anything. It is one of the myths about socialization that is counterproductive to its proper execution.

This book is a truly modern book with the most up-to-date information on the subject and offers strategies for safely socializing puppies during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as during normal times. Pandemic puppies have spent a lot of time with their families, but public health protocols have limited their socialization options to varying degrees.

Many behavioral problems are avoided if people follow the socialization advice in this book. Many of the dogs that I observe in my private practice as a canine behavior therapist and dog trainer could have been spared the challenges they face in life if they had been properly socialized. I hope that this book will be widely read and that its advice will be followed. It’s the perfect resource for anyone involved in raising well-adjusted, happy puppies, and it’s good news to have it published.

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