|Fern was delighted when Laurie came to visit.|
Friday, June 13, 2014
Who Says They're Not Lapdogs?
Such a Velcro breed we have!
Most Dals are not happy unless they are as close to their owners as they can possibly get. Many of them want to be touching someone - always!
We try to explain to prospective puppy buyers that if you want a dog who stays out of the way and is never under foot, do NOT get a Dal! If they are not touching you, they are watching you. Watching everything! Such busybodies they are, and they'd hate to miss anything, especially if it involves food, play or a walk.
We always caution new puppy buyers that it's important to teach a puppy to spend some time alone, confined to a crate or a pen. A pup who is raised with someone always around, expects that to continue, and may not react well to a change in schedule. Even if you have the luxury of being home during the day, the pup needs a little crate time so he understands that crating is going to be part of his daily routine. It's easy to do, and may save you a lot of trouble later.
I belong to a Facebook list called "Dalmatian Owners Of America". I joined because some of the first time pet owners need input from experienced Dal owners, and a number of us try to provide useful advice. A lot of behavior problems occur because new owners allow their dogs to develop habits that will eventually become a problem and will be very hard to break on an adult dog. Many of the Dals come from commercial or backyard breeders who provide little or no information on raising a Dalmatian puppy, while others are rescue dogs that come with issues. The list will definitely provide lots of ideas for blog posts!