Picking out the right dog

My wife decided to get involved in helping her mom pick out a dog. That meant that I had to get involved, and even though I wasn’t excited about the idea at the start, I realized (with some insight from my bride) that I might as well help since we’ll be dog sitting on and off. So, how does one decide on which type of dog to get? You can do an internet search and find dozens of articles on picking the right dog, but basically it just means finding compatible characteristics the dog and owner both share.

Picking the correct dog could be a decision that’s more vital than you’d think. Simply head to any animal shelter and check out the infinite homeless dogs that end up there, all because they were a bad match for their adopting families or their families didn’t anticipate the amount of responsibility required to care for them. To avoid adding to the big number of homeless pets, make sure you choose the correct dog for your house.

Careful deliberation ought to enter into the decision to adopt a dog. Caring for a dog requires a big investment in time, money, and emotion. Before you opt to adopt a dog, ask yourself these questions.

Do you have time for a dog? Do you have enough house in your home for a dog? Are you able to afford to care for them, as well as veterinary expenses? Do you have time to coach them? Are you ready to take on these responsibilities for the complete lifetime of the dog, that may well be 15 years? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, then the next step is to make your mind up which sort of dog is best for you. For starters, factors to think about include size, coat, and level of activity.

Size matters. Would an enormous dog or tiny dog be a better match for your family? Massive dogs want extra space, eat more, and need training to make them well-mannered. Can a Afghan the dimensions of a pony fit in your cozy studio apartment? Are you able to afford to feed a two hundred lb. Mastiff? Will you be able management a boisterous Dalmation so he doesn’t upset your guests, particularly the young and elderly? These are a number of the things you should think about before deciding what kind of dog would be best for your family. Remember, even big dogs come out as cute little puppies, however they don’t stay little for long.

Once you choose the best size dog for your family, consider the sort of coat you like. This might sound like sort of a cosmetic decision, however it’s really about grooming and maintenance. Long haired dogs need to be brushed frequently to stop tangles and mats. Some breeds like Poodles need professional grooming. Are you going to try and do this? Or would a dog with short hair and fewer maintenance challenges be better for you? Keep in mind grooming doesn’t simply involve hair brushing. Many dogs need regular ear and skin cleansing. Certain breeds are susceptible to ear infections and need regular ear cleanings. Breeds with prominent skin folds, like Shar Peis also need special skin cleaning to stop skin infections. If you can’t imagine having to wash your dog’s ears or facial folds, one of these breeds might not be the ideal.

Lastly, folks have to consider the dog’s activity level and match it with their own. Are you a couch potato? Or a marathon runner? Try to choose a dog that will match your level of activity. High energy dogs that not only like to run, but have to have regular exercise to burn-off energy, obviously do best in families with active lifestyles. On the other hand, bulldogs and other different breeds are more sedentary and don’t need a lot of exercise. Other breeds are heat intolerant. Therefore if you would like a dog to be your running or hiking sidekick, you need to consider this stuff. If you choose an energetic dog and don’t have the time to exercise them, you’re asking for trouble. Bored dogs will chew up stuff and destroy your home. Likewise, don’t choose a inactive dog if you would like a running partner.

Take it slow when selecting a dog and avoid impulsive choices. Check that you are doing your homework so you’ll know what kind of dog would be a decent match before you head to the shelter, or contact breeders or breed rescue teams. There are websites which will help you examine breed traits to assist you in discovering the perfect match.