I've been wanting to get a dog for a few years, but wanted to wait till my kids were old enough to help/be responsible (they are 11 now).
I'm going to visit the rescue centre and see what they have in, I know they get new dogs all the time .. don't really know what I'm looking for apart from the fact that I want a dog that chooses me. I've tried hard NOT to think about size, colour, type etc.. as I don't want to be biased when I get there. I just want connection.
I'm at home most of the day, so caring for a dog won't be a problem ... we'll keep each other company :-) Give me someone to talk to as opposed to talking to myself!
Things I would like help with (I've never owned a dog):
Are ordinary dog foods good? I want my dog to eat a good, organic and natural diet. Can anyone recommend recipes. Also, do they need supplements?
I also read that it is healthy to fast a dog one day a week because it is how animals behave in the wild and it would be healthy for digestion etc.. is this a good thing?
Also, how do I settle a dog into a new home, bearing in mind that it's unlikely to be a puppy and may have some emotional issues about loosing it's old home or having been badly treaten in the past?
Do dogs need to urinate/have bowel movements at specific times of the day? What are the best times to walk the dog for this purpose?
When I get this dog, it's going to be my new baby, so please help me give him or her the best.