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The addition of a dog to the family goes better for the dog and the family if everyone is in agreement, Zukoff said.
“I think it’s really important that every person visits the dog before you decide,” she said. “And I think it’s important for everyone to know what the dog knows and what kind of cues you’re going to use to tell the dog to sit or wait for food or whatever. That way, everybody’s happy, And everyone can decide on one dog.”
For Wergeland and Woolard, picking Molly was a mutual decision. Woolard grew up with beagles, so she was glad to have another one. Wergeland grew up around hunting dogs, but he found something in Molly to which he could relate.
“She has bad knees, and I have bad knees,” he said. “We’ll fit together when we go for walks.”
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