Tips for Choosing the Best Dog for You

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People have different reasons for wanting to add a dog to the family. Some are looking for company and companionship, while others are looking to give their children a sense of responsibility. No matter the reason, you want to make sure that you do your research to ensure that you make the right choice when it comes to breed, size, temperament, and age. Here are a few things to consider.

What can Your Home Handle?

One of the most often overlooked considerations is the size of your home. The dog that you choose to share a studio apartment with should ideally be smaller than one that could live in a 3,000-square foot home. The first thing most people think about is the type of dog they like, but you want to make sure that your home is going to be a comfortable place for your and your dog.

You also want to consider the size of your yard if you are going to let your new dog have some time outside of the house.

Who are the Members of Your Pack?

Your dog will consider you as part of their pack, so including the members of the pack when choosing a new dog is very important. If you’re looking for a family dog, you want to choose a breed that’s patient and tolerant with children. Your favorite breed of dog may not be the one that will do well with your family dynamic. For example, you want to be careful with more aggressive breeds when it comes to children because kids tend to test the patience of our pets.

Breeder or Rescue?

Another major consideration is where to find your dog. If you’re looking for a specific purebred dog, going with a reputable breeder may be the best choice for you, checking your local shelter is also a good option as a lot of pure breed dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own. This may be a viable option for those who have more time available to give a new puppy the attention it deserves. You also want to consider potty training and the feeding schedule of a puppy.

If you’re looking for an older dog or if you don’t have a particular breed preference, visiting nearby shelters is a great idea. On the other hand, a rescue dog may be apprehensive about moving to a new home. If you choose a rescue animal, you’ll want to make some special considerations for him, since rescue dogs are more likely to be a bit older. You want to make sure to ask if there are particular toys that he likes, if he does well in a crate, and the type of dog food he's eating. The goal is to make the transition as easy as you can, especially if you've chosen an elderly dog.

You may be wondering why anyone would consider adopting an elderly dog. The truth is, an older dog is a great option for someone who isn’t extremely active or can't handle a younger dog full of energy. Older dogs are already love enjoying nice, calm afternoons, and you don’t have to worry about potty training an older dog. Just be certain you’re well-versed in caring for the particular needs of an elderly dog. For instance, home modifications, reduced or less intense exercise routines and a special diet all may be necessary.

How Active are You?

When choosing your dog, you want to make sure that you choose one that matches your level of activity. All dogs need to be exercised; however, some dogs don’t enjoy physical activity as much as others. For example, a Border Collie makes a perfect running partner if you like going out for a daily jog. On the other hand, a regular runner wouldn’t want to choose a dog that overheats easily, like a French Bulldog. If you’re more of a couch potato, a French Bulldog may be the perfect choice for you.

There are many different things to consider before choosing a dog. And it’s important to do all of your research before deciding on a specific breed. By not taking the time to find the right fit,

you’re liable to have an unsuccessful adoption, which is bad for you and the dog. Take your time to find the right match, and you are sure to have a perfect addition to your family.

Post Written By Aurora James


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