How to Pick the Perfect Dog For Your Family

Who can resist that squishy pug face? Or those stubby little doxie legs? How about those piercing blue Huskie eyes?

When choosing a dog for your family, there is so much more to consider than looks. Choosing your dog based solely on looks could spell a sad ending for the pup, who will likely end up in the shelter if you choose a dog ill-suited for your lifestyle. We’re outlining the top four things to consider before choosing your new furry friend.

1. Research Breed Characteristics

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Puppy searching can be fun but make sure you know your breed’s behavioral characteristics to avoid frustration down the road.

While not set in stone, breed characteristics are a guideline for what behavior you can expect from your new pup. You want to make sure your family can meet the dog’s exercise and attention needs.

“You should understand the key characteristics of the breed, but you should also make sure the dog’s energy level matches yours,” California dog trainer and founder of The Pooch Coach, Beverly Ulbrich, says.

2. Added Expenses From Breed Stereotypes 

Although you might be looking for a protective dog, keep in mind your homeowners’ insurance could go up based on the breed you choose. Breeds that are considered aggressive by some could cause a spike in your rates.  These breeds typically include:

  • Pit Bulls
  • Bull Terriers
  • Rottweilers
  • Siberian Huskies
  • German Shepherds

Some landlords may outright ban certain breeds or charge an additional deposit. If you can demonstrate your dog is well-trained—with AKC Good Canine Certification, for example—you might be able to convince the insurance company or a landlord with liability concerns that your dog is safe.

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Battle Over Adoption Rights to Retired Military Working Dogs

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They’re the unsung heroes of war—military working dogs (MWDs) who serve alongside our troops, sniffing out explosives and standing watch to protect their handler and their units.
MWDs will often serve multiple tours of duty, usually with different handlers. But what happens when the dogs are retired from the military? Popular opinion is the dogs should stay with their handlers, but that doesn’t always happen.
Robby’s Law
Sadly, MWDs were largely put down when they were through with their military service prior to the November 2000 enactment of Robby’s Law. Robby’s Law mandated all suitable MWDs be made available for adoption by “law-enforcement agencies, former handlers of these dogs, and other persons capable of caring for these dogs.” The order has since been amended with priority now going first to former handlers, followed by other persons capable of humanely caring for the animal, and law enforcement agencies.
Adoption priority hasn’t always been carried out in that order. The New York Post investigated several soldiers’ stories of being dodged or redirected when trying to adopt their MWDs upon the dog’s retirement.
Adoption Controversy
MWDs trained by K2 Solutions were adopted out at events when their government contract ended in February 2014. The dogs were adopted primarily by law enforcement personnel and civilians—but not by their handlers. This stems not from a lack of handlers wanting to adopt their MWDs but seemingly from a defiance of policy dictated by Robby’s Law.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! SPCA Adoption Event Today

Be my Valentine? These adorable puppies are hoping so!

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These cute little guys are at the SPCA of Monterey County, where adoptive pet parents can pick their price this Valentine’s Day.

Any dog, cat or bird four months or older is eligible for adoption. The animals have already been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and gone through a health screening. This process typically runs several hundred dollars and adoption fees are normally between $35 and $290, but you can name your price today only!

Keep in mind, the SPCA of Monterey County is a non-profit group and can rescue more animals in need based on the donations and adoption fees they take in.

Woof & Wine a Success!

Thank you to all who came out to support NorCal GSP Rescue at this year’s Woof & Wine at McGrail Vineyards in Livermore. Several thousand dollars were raised to help GSP’s in need around the Bay Area. It was a beautiful setting at McGrail Vineyards; if you’ve never been, you have to check it out! They have a great shaded patio adjacent to the tasting room. GSP event 12More than 100 people came out to support the event and plenty of four-legged friends joined in on the fun, including Yellow Dog!

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Free Pet Adoption this Weekend During Maddie’s Days

If you’re thinking about adding a furry family member to your pack anytime soon, this weekend is the time to do it!

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Adoptable dogs pose for prospective parents at Maddie’s Days last year.

Adoption fees will be waived at participating rescue groups or shelters in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Santa Clara County for two days, Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

This is all thanks to Maddie’s Fund, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals. They give a rescue or shelter from $500 to $2000 per dog or cat adopted during Maddie’s Days, the nation’s largest free adoption event. Those funds allow for the care and rehabilitation of pets who might otherwise be euthanized.

Maddie’s Fund has set a goal of 10,000 adoptions during this year’s Maddie’s Days.

PrintIf you are interested in adopting a pet for free this weekend, 90 shelters and rescues in four Bay Area counties are participating in the event.

maddie's fund picA special event called “Rescue Row” will be held in San Francisco on Alabama Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. The event will feature food trucks, a beer garden, music and of course, adoptions! The San Francisco SPCA, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Northern California Family Dog Rescue and San Francisco Animal Care and Control, among others, will all be on hand with adoptable dogs and cats.

If you would like to learn more, visit the Maddie’s Days or Maddie’s Fund websites.

Rescue Me: Pug Rescue of Sacramento

We at Yellow Dog Blog are huge fans of legitimate, hard-working rescue groups. After all, a Bay Area rescue saved Yellow Dog and Sundown!

But it is heartbreaking to know not all dogs are so lucky. In fact, roughly 9,000 innocent animals are put to sleep every day across the U.S. simply because there aren’t enough people willing or able to adopt. So we’ve launched a new series on YDB highlighting rescue groups in California, the Rescue Me series.

We start with Pug Rescue of Sacramento, or PROS. PROS was founded in the early 1990s when Sacramento breeder Marianne Herzberg-Stanley found many pugs in need of homes. PROS was incorporated as a non-profit in 1996 and since then, they’ve rescued thousands of pugs, taking in more than 100 dogs a year.

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Two pugs greet a visitor at a PROS adoption event at Pet Food Express in Benicia.

PROS President Jan Grover has been working with the organization for 12 years, including three as president. She says the pug breed is special.

“Pugs are very oriented towards people,” Grover says. “They especially enjoy being around their own breed. At pug events, it’s like meeting a long-lost cousin.”

Dedicated volunteer and Dublin resident Elena Temples got involved with PROS more than ten years ago when she took her first pug puppy to Pug Sunday at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek.

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