Advice for the Obamas on choosing a pet

As the nation holds its breath, Barack Obama weighs perhaps his most significant White House appointment — as far as his daughters are concerned, anyway. Word is that the choice is down to a “labradoodle” or a Portugese Water Dog, both breeds that look something like a floor mop with a perm.

UC Davis veterinarian and animal behavior specialist Melissa Bain has some advice for the Obamas — and for any other families considering getting a dog. Proper training and socialization is as important as the breed, she says.