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Why That Puppy?
Puppy choices and what they mean

I always ask my clients what made them choose a particular dog or a certain puppy. The most common answers I hear about choosing a puppy are:

“I didn’t choose him. He chose me.”
“I felt sorry for her.”
“He was the only one left.”
“The breeder felt that she was the best puppy for our family.”
“He had an adorable spot over his eye, just like my first dog did.”
“She was the only female and we wanted a girl.”

Check out what these answers might mean in a recent entry on dogbehaviorblog.com

Besides the useful information I receive, I just love the stories about how people chose their puppies. My all-time favorite comment was about a dog who never had any serious behavior problems. As the family left the breeder and just before they closed their car door, they heard one of the breeder’s kids say, “There goes psycho.”


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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