4 Types of Family Friendly Dogs

family friendly dogsWhen it comes to choosing a dog to join your family then there are a few things to take into consideration. If you have kids, how old your kids are, your living space are among some of the questions you should be asking yourself when looking for Family Friendly Dogs.

Your new family member will contribute greatly to your families life. What will your dogs role be? Are you just looking for a playmate, a guard dog, small, large – there is lots to consider. The following breeds of dogs all have some great pluses when looking for a family friendly dog.


Family Friendly Dog 1: Border Collie 

Collies make a great family dog because they are good natured, easy to train and are great with kids. They are energetic and will need lots of walking and playing fetch so while they are happy in the city they need a lot of exercise. You will also need to continually brush their thick coat.

The collie’s thick coat requires regular brushing. They need plenty of exercise and while a simple walk in the park might be enough to satisfy another dog, your collie’s working nature may require you to be creative. Keep him stimulated by asking him to fetch, herd or climb over or under something.


Family Friendly Dog 2: Yorkshire Terrier

A great dog for city life, they require only a short amount of walking and are almost like a toy dog. They are loyal & spirited and make great watch dogs.

Being small they are happy to sit quietly on your lap however they will need a lot of combing, brushing & shampooing to keep them clean.

Family Friendly Dog 3: Labrador/Golden Retriever 

Retrievers make loving & loyal pets. Due to their gentle nature and their ability to patiently tolerate the most affectionate young child’s prodding and poking.

They love running, swimming & playing so somewhere with wide open spaces is a must, they will adapt well to city life if they can get their exercise! You will also need to be brushed daily if possible due to their shedding.


Family Friendly Dog 4: Boxer
While a boxer looks serious, muscular & strong they are good natured in spirit. Quite a worker of a dog they also provide a lot of affection and make great guard dogs!

Happy to live in the city but they will need a walk everyday. Even with short hair they do shed a little bit so will benefit from daily brushing.


This is just a a small introduction to a few dogs that would make great family pets. There are only 4 types of family friendly dogs in the above list and there are many many others that would make loyal & friendly pets.



Dog Training Tips

3 Basic Tips to Help Train Your Dog

Dog Training TipsHere are three common tips that can help you train your dog.

1. Be Patient & Start Young

It takes a lot of time to change a Dogs behaviour so don’t expect him to roll over in a day! The trick is to be patient and you will slowly win the battle. Why can it take so long to change a dogs behaviour? Well ask yourself the following two questions:
Has your dog been behaving a certain way for a long length of time?
What type of behaviours are you trying to change, are they built into what it means to be a dog? Like digging, barking & jumping?

So what do we mean by these questions? Well, consider that your dog has been barking at people that walk by the house for the last 6 years and you now no longer what them to do it. It is going to take them a lot longer to change their behaviour because they have been doing it for so long, whereas if you trained your dog as a puppy it would have been much easier. Remember it’s never too late to change your dogs behaviour just some will just take longer than others.


2. Keep the Training Consistent

Whenever you’re training your dog, it’s important to get as many family members involved as possible so everyone’s on the same page. If you are telling your dog “off” when he jumps on the couch and someone else is saying “down,” while someone else is letting him hang out up there, how on earth is he ever going to learn what you want? Consistency will be the key to your success.


3. Listen to Your Dog

Learn to listen to your dog. If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often result in bigger problems down the line..