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A journey about dogs and their people by Diane Rich

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Are you a Single Pet Parent?

November 14th, 2012 at Wed, 14th, 2012 at 10:09 am by Diane Rich

Pros and Cons

I work with many single dog owners. These pet parents, after careful thought and much research decided they wanted a dog in their life and will raise the dog alone. I also work with people who due to a divorce became a single pet parent. As most of us know, it is time consuming to properly raise a puppy or train any dog. Not easy for a family, let alone a single pet parent.

cDiane Rich

There are pros and cons of being a single pet parent.

1. Don’t have to ask anyone else how to raise the dog

2 . The pup is a wonderful ice breaker for the shy parent.

3. The dog can provide comfort for the homebody

4. The dog can provide motivation and company for a consistent walking program

5. The dog can sleep in the bed as there is more room

cDiane Rich

1. Allotting time for housetraining, training and Vet care

2. Financing the expense of food, supplies and Vet care

3. Trying to lift a giant or large breed puppy in the car

4. Who will take the dog if something happens to you

5. No one to blame the dog’s behavior on

cDiane Rich

Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC

I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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