Avoid these common mistakes and keep your four-legged friend happy, healthy, and well-behaved
Nancy Newberry1. Buying a Pet Spontaneously
Why This Is a Mistake: That doggie in the window may be darling, but he might not be the right fit for your family or lifestyle. And a mismatch could lead to frustration and heartbreak.
How to Avoid It: Fully inform yourself before you bring home a pet. Every dog or cat has its own needs, and some of those needs are specific to the breed. Terriers tend to dig; Abyssinians explore and climb. If there's a breed that interests you, read up on it (try the website of the American Kennel Club, at www.akc.org, or the Cat Fanciers Association, at www.cfainc.org), talk to owners, and get to know someone else's Border collie or Persian.
That said, not every dog or cat is typical of its breed, so learn as much as you can about a potential pet. "At a shelter, ask about the pet's history, health, and temperament," says Stephanie Shain, a director at the HumaneRead More »from The top 3 pet-owner mistakes