Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted April 1, 2014
The first thing you should consider when you take on a Dal is how much time do I have for exercising it. They need a lot of walks and nothing tires them out. I used to take her out with me cycling and regularly would do 15 miles with her still looking for more.
With this in mind though when they are young they do not know when to stop so ensure that little and often approach is taken in the first year at least. I learned this the hard way with a couple of trips to the vet with pulled muscles.
One very important part of puppy training is socializing, Dal's can be aggressive, but in my experience these tend to be the 'problem dogs' with owners at their wits end. I was ready to throw her out the window on some occasions as a puppy I tried everything to get her to behave, the only thing I found to work was giving her a 'time out' in a room on her own, as they are such people dogs this was what finally made her realize that being bad was not good.
It is very tempting to hit them as they can be very destructive, but I feel this is what grows them into aggressive dogs.