Almost every week, Jodi has her trusted cohost Olaf along her side. Olaf is Jodi's BFF and their relationship is as close as two hearts can get. They enjoy their life together in so many ways and to find that "perfect fit" in a pet, well that takes some work and it also takes some of what Jodi often talks about, researching breeds.
Olaf is a Great Pyrenees. Probably the greatest. The Great Pyrenees is a large, thickly coated, and immensely powerful working dog bred to deter sheep-stealing wolves and other predators on snowy mountaintops. With that, some consideration should go into a few key words in that last sentence. Large? Is the area you dwell in suitable for a dog who thrives in the outdoors and can weight up to 160 pounds? Powerful. Do you have things around the house that might get bumped around by a big lovable oaf that might not quite understand "personal space"? Thickly Coated. Yes, there will be hair. This is what Jodi is pointing out this week in her thoughts about researching your breed. An understanding of your pets needs has to be taken into consideration.
With that first step being taken, and the understanding by the owner of some of the breed's intended purposes, the relationship can begin and the proper methods of training and understanding and leads to people and pets having their best lives together. If you are not careful about the first steps, you may find yourself in the position of having an animal that's ill equipped for it's surroundings. This will result in some difficulties and possibly some behavioral issues. A touch of know how going in to pet ownership is generally all that's needed, and Jodi explains it all this week.