So you're looking for a dog. Maybe the picture in your mind is a cute puppy that will grow up to be a loyal member of your family, more human than canine. That is a wonderful dream and make no mistake, it's a dream that can come true. But along with that dream comes many of the parental trials and tribulations that raising a human child entails.
Puppies, like babies, are cute and cuddly but require lots of attention and training. It's a long road before they are actually responsible members of the family that can be trusted not to throw a wild party when you’re gone for the night.