//PSA On Dalmatians: Don’t Get One

PSA On Dalmatians: Don’t Get One

  • Many of you may be considering getting a dalmatian after seeing Anheuser-Busch’s Super Bowl commercial. We’ve adopted 4 dalmatians and 2 dal mixes. Please don’t even think about getting one unless you seriously consider and accept what you are taking on.
  • What You Need to Know About Dals

    • Dals are smart and headstrong. Training them can be like trying to dress a wiggling 3-year-old. It takes time and patience. Training MUST be done, or your dal can turn into a jerk.
    • They can be territorial. See the part about training above.
    • One of dalmatians’ primary roles was to bark ahead of fire trucks before they had sirens. Today, they bark with the same passion. Again, see the first point about training.
    • They grow into BIG dogs. Rocky is about 75 pounds. That is fairly big for a dal. But most are around 50 pounds.
    • They need A LOT of exercise. Not just a couple walks a day – I’m talking running, dog park, walking some more, and more running. Dals need exercise like a sports car needs premium gas.
    • Many dals are surrendered to shelters because cute dal puppies grow up to be rather high-maintenance adults.

    Please reconsider getting a dalmatian. And if you are still hellbent on getting one, adopt one.

    By |2019-02-03T22:31:53+00:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: ADHD|Comments Off on PSA On Dalmatians: Don’t Get One

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    Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.