Welcome to How to Love Your Dog!

A New Dog
Planning for Your New Dog
Ready for a New Dog?
What is Responsibility?
Choosing a Dog

Allergies to Dogs

Where to Get a Dog
Shopping List
Puppy's First Day
Naming Your Dog
What About the Cat?
Lesson of the Day


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Planning for
Your New Dog

Do you already have your dog?
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Do you love dogs?
I'll bet you spend a lot of time thinking about what it would be like to have your own dog, right? If you really want a dog, then keep reading. This page will tell you what you need to know.

Start by reading the questions in the box below.

A boy and his fishing partner!
Getting a new dog is fun!


Am I responsible?
Am I kind and generous?
Am I gentle with people and animals?
Do I have extra time to spend with a dog?

Now, answer these questions on a piece of paper. Don't just write yes or no. Write down examples of things you have done. The questions below will help you.

dog with pen Write down 3 times that you have demonstrated responsibility in the past week and explain them. Click here for What is Responsibility?
 dog with pen Write about 3 times that you have been kind and generous to people.
 dog with pen Write about a time when you were gentle with an animal.
 dog with pen Figure out how much extra time you have to share with a dog everyday.
Think about what you have written.
Will you be a good dog owner?


cute dog Ask yourself this question:
Does EVERYONE in your house want a dog?
There are many reasons NOT to get a dog. Check these out before you promise a lifetime home to a sweet dog.
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Have you answered 'yes' to all of the questions?
Then you may be ready for a dog. Keep reading!


Whether you are getting a puppy or a grown dog, it's important that you prepare for your new pet. Here are some things you and your family should do BEFORE shopping for a dog:
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If you and your family have decided that this is the right time for a new dog, then there's one more thing to do before you get your new pet. Make a promise to take care of your new dog by signing the "I Love My Dog Contract". Click below.

If you go there now, don't forget to come back!


Where can you get your new dog or puppy?
Take a look at these places before you decide.


Chihuahua with shopping cart full of new dog supplies

Go Shopping!

Being prepared is the best way to welcome your new pup into your home. Click on the red ball to find out some things you should buy before you bring your new friend home.
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The five most common dog names:
Male: Max, Jake, Buddy, Bailey, Sam
Female: Maggie, Molly, Lady, Sadie, Lucy



Some people like to choose a dog name before they get their dog.
Click on the ball for some great ideas! 


You're ready to bring your new pup home?
Prepare for that special day by reading:
Your Puppy's First Day


 Kids! Here's a book just for you:

Head of the Class
Charlie Brown
Head of the Class: A Teen Dog Expert Teaches You To Raise and Train the Perfect Pal
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction
by Kate Eldridge with Debra M. Eldridge, DVM

The only dog-training guide for kids written by a teen! Author Kate Eldredge, age 15, knows what it takes for a kid to raise and train a dog—she's been parenting pooches since she was 7. It's a big responsibility, but it has awesome rewards (besides all those wet, slobbery kisses). When you're your dog's caregiver, provider, and trainer, your dog will be your loyal playmate, protector, and confidant for life! Ages 11+


Here are a few books that can help your parents choose the right dog:
Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog for Dummies, by Chris Walkowicz, July 15, 2001
From an Amazon.com reader: Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies is a simple, straightforward, easy-to-read, and dependable introduction on how to decide which pet qualities you value most and are compatible with your own particular life style; all of the practical steps to take in choosing a great dog for you; as well as all aspects of properly caring for your canine pet. Additionally, readers can find out about breed rescue, and there's an invaluable advice about selecting a "kid-friendly" dog. If you are considering the acquisition of a canine companion for you or your family, read Chris Walkowicz's Choosing A Dog For Dummies! Written for adults

Paws to Consider

Paws to Consider, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson, September 1, 1999
As compassionate as they are knowledgeable, Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson tell you how to avoid the pitfalls before you lose your patience or money. Their combined expertise and honesty will help you choose wisely, with your eyes wide open as well as your heart. The result will be a dog you can happily live with...and who will reward you with unconditional love.

Idiot's Guide

The Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog, by Sheila Webster Boneham, August 26, 2002
From an Amazon.com reader: This book is must for every potential or real dog owner's bookshelf! Ms. Boneham does an excellent job of helping you through the steps of choosing and living with your dog. The book is an excellent source of of information itself and includes many references, both on the Web and otherwise. In the future, this book will be part of all my puppy's going-to-their-new-home bag.


These are great books that would be helpful for you and your new puppy:


ASPCA Pet Care Guides for Kids: Puppy, by Mark Evans, Dorling Kindersley 1992

Puppy is designed to help young animal owners learn about and care for their pets. Illustrated on every page with full-color photography, Puppy is packed with practical information on every aspect of canine care. Published in association with the ASPCA, this book engages and informs readers ages 7 and up.

Puppy Training

Puppy Training for Kids, by Sarah Whitehead, Barrons Juveniles 2001
This book has easy-to-understand instructions for children on puppy training and care. With an emphasis on fun. Learn what to feed puppies and how much to give them, and how to play games that are safe and enjoyable. They also learn basics of puppy handling, grooming, giving commands, teaching obedience, tricks, and much more. There are great full-color photos throughout the book. For ages 9-12, or 4-8 with parents' guidance. Excellent Book!

Kids Training Puppies

Kids Training Puppies in Five Minutes, by JoAnn Dahan, Cork Hill Press; (February 5, 2004)
From an Amazon.com reader: My name is Christi, I am 7 years old. I just got a new lab puppy from my Mom and Dad her name is Ginny. Before I could have Ginny I had to promised I would care for her and train her. This book is so great, it is very easy to read and the pictures of the lab puppies and kids are so cute. I taught Ginny to sit and lie down really fast. I think every kid with a puppy should have this book. Ages 5-8

Your Puppy Your Dog

Your Puppy, Your Dog, by Pat Storer, Storey Publishing; 1997
From the Back Cover
What a dog needs most is love -- and loving a dog means providing everything it needs to be happy and healthy. With easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of illustrations, this book tells you just how to care for and understand your dog. Ages 9-12
* How to select the puppy or dog that is best for you
* What and how to feed your dog
* How to train and exercise your dog
* How to play with your dog or puppy
* How to keep your dog in the best of health
* Where and how to show your dog
* How to make items...


The ten most popular dogs (AKC, 2007) are in order: Labrador Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Boxer, Dachshund, Poodle, Shih Tzu, and Bulldog

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A New Dog
Planning for Your New Dog
Ready for a New Dog?
What is Responsibility?
Choosing a Dog

Allergies to Dogs

Where to Get a Dog
Shopping List
Puppy's First Day
Naming Your Dog
What About the Cat?
Lesson of the Day




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