Simply seeing that furry little bundle in front of a grocery store for free doesn’t mean that is the puppy you need to take home. Adopting a dog is an important decision, and you need to do your research to make sure that you are finding the right breed and tempered dog for your family. Understanding the differences in the breeds will help you make a good choice so that your new family member can give you joy for years to come.
Dogs will vary in size from a few pounds to over 100. This should be your starting place for searching for the right dog for you. If you have small children in your home you need to consider the size of your dog. A full grown dog that weighs 200 pounds could accidentally knock your child down. Safety is key when it comes to children, thus with a baby in the family you may decide a smaller dog is imperative. If you are looking for a dog that provides protection then a larger dog will certainly be more effective.
To help point you in the right direction a few breeds are explained below:
I can not stress the point enough, owning a dog requires a fair measure of commitment. Like a young son or daughter you can be sure there will be expenses regarding food, medical checkups, and the need for attention that all dogs have. Do you take lots of vacations or 3 day trips. You will need to alter your customary plans as your new family member will need to come along with you or arrangements will need to be made for their care while you are out. One thing you can do is get a dog with characteristics that match your lifestyle. If you like to lounge around and stay at home a less hyper pup would probably be to your liking. If you are a ‘clean freak’ then a long hair dog will not be a good choice for you. If you are the outdoors type then a high energy canine will give you hours of companionship out on the trail.
Read up on habits of certain breeds before making a decision – terriers, for example, are notorious for digging. Some varieties are “yippy”. Some breeds are protective, while others are overly friendly. Make sure you can deal with the habits of the dog. Of course every responsible owner will start a training regiment. This requires discipline on the part of the owner to keep up the program but will ultimately lead to a happy calm home and not a stressful situation. I highly suggest you consider these dog training products as they have helped me with my dogs. In addition size matters when selecting a dog. Do you have the room for a giant dog, or would you rather have a lap dog? German shepherds, labs, and other dogs require more space. If living in small quarters, a large dog may get underfoot. Small dogs frequently love to jump up on you and cuddle.
Do you have children? Is the breed known for biting? Certain breeds are much more prone to snap at little fingers, while larger dogs can knock toddlers over. This is why it’s important to find the right breed that will fit in your puzzle perfectly. One of the most loveable dogs is the German Shepherd. Besides being guard dogs, rescue dogs, and police dogs, they are just plain great pets. A well known trait of the Shepherd is their ability to be trained to a high level. Get some great information on [how to train a German Shepherd here.] Getting your dog from a reputable breeder will help assure that you avoid health problems that may be prevalent in a particular breed. Use the AKC or other breeders’ association to find a good match for a breeder for your puppy.
Adopting a dog is a great way to give a animal a second chance at life. Usually people think of adopting only a puppy. After all who would not want a fluffy little ball of cuteness and fun? Well, if you have never had a puppy then you might not be familiar with the 2am howling monster that wants to sleep in the same room as you. You may not be accustom to waking up to dog poop all over the floor. Although an early dog training routine will fix these little set backs you can count on them in the beginning. These are things that some may not want to deal with. No problem, just adopt an older dog. Older dogs have a less likely chance at a home because they are often overlooked as potential pets. You will be doing yourself and a needed pup a favor by considering this possibility. Remember that dogs do bring good experiences to a family but there can also be times of stress. Dog health issues can bring much worry and cost a good bit of money. Be sure to count the costs for both the good times and the not so good. Owning a dog is a rewarding experience and will bring years of joy to a family. Be sure to consider these points and you are on your way to adopting the perfect pup.
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