Thinking of a new dog

Getting a new dog is a very exciting time for any household and a lot of thought should go into make such a great decision. Years of enjoyment will follow with a new canine family member by getting the type of dog that suits you circumstances.

Considering that animals are living creatures, potential dog owners must do extensive research to ensure they select the breed that's right for them.

Here are some things that need to be thought about

Size

Do you have the space to accommodate a large dog in your home, or your backyard? Do you have the physical strength to handle a large breed? Think about the puppy as an adult. Consider how big it will get.

Time

How much time do you have to spend with a dog? Will the dog be at home alone all day? If so, would you be willing to pay someone to walk your puppy at lunch time? Will you keep the dog in a crate, or let it run loose in your home? Do you look forward to long daily walks, or would you be happier with a lap dog? Remember that time is precious. You will need free time to properly train, socialize, and care for your new dog.

Temperament

Most dog breeds have natural instincts that have been bred into them for generations. Terriers, for example, like to dig. Other dogs pull. Some breeds like to run. Some dogs are instinctively protective. Do your homework and ask what characteristics are common to each breed or crossbreed. Know what you want first and then chose the dog that suits this best.

Training

Don't confuse willingness to learn with intelligence. Some of the most intelligent breeds can be the most challenging to train. Talk to breeders, trainers, vets, and other pet owners to find out what type of dog best suits your lifestyle, your patience quota, and your training ability.

Age

It takes a great deal of time and patience to properly train a puppy. Bearing this in mind, if you are a busy person, a puppy may not be a wise choice. But this doesn't mean you couldn't provide a good home for an adult dog. Adult dogs from animal shelters or breeders can make fantastic pets. Best of all, it has grown to full size so you know for certain what you're getting!

Activity Level

Did you know that most giant breeds actually require far less exercise than many medium-to-small breeds? Don't fall victim to the belief that big dogs need to be in the country and need lots of exercise. Many small breeds are more hyperactive and need hours of daily exercise!

Safety

Can you make an informed decision that enables you to select a dog for safety? While there are many things you can do to ensure your puppy grows up to be well socialized, some personality and breed traits cannot be changed. Ensure that your home is well prepared for the arrival of your new dog and that all family members are ready for this arrival.

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