How to choose a dog
Choosing a dog as a pet entails welcoming a new family member into your home. Just like any other member in your family your pet should also be dealt with proper care so that the dog can stay healthy and fit.
Your pet would require good food, training, grooming, health care and above all companionship. Some dogs have few requirements while some require greater care than the formerly mentioned ones.
As a result, while selecting a dog, it is important to consider the breed.
To choose a dog, you must first conduct extensive study on the breed you intend to keep as a companion. Keep a track on its specific requirements and try to make out whether you would be able to take care of the dog by sufficing all its needs.
The following are some considerations to make while selecting a dog.
Tips on Choosing a Dog
Answer the question before choose a dog
Imagine that you could have any dog in the world; what would you want to bring home?
Think of the thoughtful daughter that bought her lonely mother a Great Dane because it was such a cute puppy, and what a great companion it would be for mom. Now, a year later you see a big dog dragging around a little old lady.
The moral to remember; a puppy will not always be a puppy. I know you’re thinking that’s common sense, but not planning ahead fills animal shelters with unwanted dogs.
You must decide which dog breeds fit your needs considering the dogs size, friendliness and exercise requirements.
So instead of filling you with information about what I think is your best choice, I’m going to ask you to take this test, and then have everyone else in your family take it too. So print this article and take the test.
When you are done compare the answers with your family and hopefully you will be able to narrow your search to find the perfect dog breed for you and your family.
Small or Large Breed
1. Do you have a small apartment, or a house with a fenced yard?
Temperament of Dog
2. Will your dog have an impact on other pets in the house?
3. Does anyone in your family have severe allergies? (Some dogs cause less Allergic reactions)
Guard dog or companion
4. What function will this dog serve as a member of the family?
Where stay it
5. Will the dog live inside or outside your home?
6. Who will be the primary caretaker of the dog and how much time can that person commit to the training and care of him?
7. How much time will other members of the family commit to the care and grooming of your dog?
Play with Dog
8. How much time do you have to exercise and play with your dog?
9. Should your dog be allowed on the furniture to snuggle up to you?
10. How do you want this dog to behave, now and a year from now?
Once you have these basic questions answered, cross out any dog breed that does not fit, and make a list of the dog breeds that do. A visit to the many information sites will help you find the dog breed that you are looking for.
Other things to consider when choosing a puppy or picking a dog, are the costs that are associated with owning a dog, like food, dog supplies, and vet bills. Usually the larger the dog the more expensive they will be.
Some dogs are more prone to certain types of health issues, like hip dysplasia or other ailments and the cost of medication should be figured in. Research the common medical conditions for the dog breed that you select.
The Size of The Dog
What Size of Dog Fits My Family?
Make a decision on the size of the dog that would be ideal for you to keep your pet happy.
Dogs have different requirements based on their size. The dogs that are of small size are sensitive towards cold. To keep them comfy, you must keep them warm at all times.
Due to their small size some dogs develop the attitude similar to that of a tough dog. So, you must prepare yourself to deal with such whims of your little pet. The giant sized dogs require enough space to roam freely.
The dogs having long whip like tail should be provided with enough space to wag it without getting inflicted with any injury. Some small sized breeds are also quite difficult to be tamed where as large sized togs may respond well to the training schedules.
Do not treat a big dog breed puppy like a small lap dog. It would then retain the habit of walking over your body even when it has become adult.
When you have decided to add a new dog to your family, it is very important that you find the right fit for you and your lifestyle.
There are several things to consider when choosing a dog. How big the dog is, what kind of breed he is, and does he shed or not.
Medium breeds are well suited for apartment or country life. They are not too big to over run a small space and are large enough to adapt to the climate and the activity of country life.
Many medium breeds make great work dogs for the farm or ranch. They are full of energy and can work all day without getting tired.
Dogs love to work and medium breeds are most happy when they are working for their people. They also make great hunting and hiking companions. Because of their work ethic they are well suited for an active lifestyle.
If your live in a small space, consider a small breed. They don’t need as much space, and can adapt to the busy life of a family. Smaller breeds are very good guard dogs.
Thieves will avoid a house that has a small dog in it. The reason for this is that they can’t catch them, they can’t quite them, and they can’t drug them with poisoned meat.
Small breeds won’t eat food from a stranger. Small breeds are fun to take along for the ride. They are very happy hanging their head out of a purse, Sherpa or dog carrier.
Small breeds make great lap dogs and great companions for families that aren’t able to be as active. Many small breeds are non-shedding. This is great for families that have allergies. Non-shedding dogs are more suited to live inside with the family.
If you choose a shedding breed consider if you are willing to keep up with the effort it takes to clean up the hair. Make sure your have the patience for it. If you don’t it can cause anxiety and stress for you and your family.
If you are adopting your puppy from the local animal shelter, it is harder to be choosy on the size of your new family member.
Spend enough time with your puppy to know if he will fit in to your family. Take the time to visit several times before making a choice.
If you have children, it is important to find out if your potential adoptive dog has had exposure to kids. If he has not been socialized with children, your dog will need to be trained to interact with kids.
Be cautious and vigilant at the beginning of introducing your dog to the family.
You must be around to guide your new dog on the proper way to treat children. Never let them jump on a child, this could cause injury and sets up a line of dominance that puts your child at the end of the line.
Whatever your needs are as a family, consider what dog breed is the best fit for your family. Medium breeds are excellent in learning to work alongside of you and small breeds are good at being companions in the home and are great guard dogs.
Making a wise choice will make the new transition, of adding a puppy to the family, happy and healthy for all members.
The Activity Level
Dogs are naturally active creatures. So, if you’re the type of person who prefers to sit in front of the TV all day, getting a dog might not be the best option.
A dog is more likely to be depressed if he has a different lifestyle than his owner, causing discord in the relationship.
Bringing a dog into your home necessitates careful consideration of the level of physical activity required to keep him physically and emotionally fit.
Having a dog that requires twice-daily walks may motivate otherwise sedentary adults to get the exercise they require.
Lazy people, on the other hand, are unlikely to change their lifestyles enough to make a good match with active dogs.
Instead, sedentary owners may deprive their dogs of the benefits of being active outside, causing the dog to suffer.
Exercise and the amount of activity a dog requires is not the same thing.
Every day, every dog requires time to walk, run, play, and relax.
Go to a dog park or take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood on a leash. A fenced backyard allows your dog to run around and play without having to be on a leash.
Because many older adults find it difficult to get around as easily as they once did, choosing a dog that requires less daily activity is the best option.
People who enjoy being outside and actively involve their dogs in their lives are more likely to have healthier and happier dogs.
Larger dogs are more physically active than smaller dogs.
Many larger dogs have worked or hunted as part of their heritage. Their natural desire is to engage in physical activity.
Doberman, Springer Spaniel, Irish Setter, German Shepherd, and Greyhound are examples of dogs bred for movement and agility. They have a natural desire for movement and physical activity on a daily basis.
Large dogs do not all require a lot of physical activity. Size can be deceiving. Even though they may outweigh their owners, breeds like the St. Bernard and Bull Mastiff fall into this category.
Small dogs can live comfortably in tight conditions. Chihuahuas, Poodles, and Pekinese are examples of dogs that don’t require as much outdoor activity because their nervous temperaments cause them to be very active indoors.
Granted, they may be running around the room in all directions, jumping on your guests or on you, but they do calm down when their energy wears off. Then it’s time to rest on your lap or one of their plush pet beds to re-energize.
Before choosing a dog, there is a lot to learn. So take the time to consider your living space, personality, and level of personal physical activity to find the best dog profile for you.
Consider as well the level of activity that your dog would like to be involved in.
There are many breeds of dogs that do not prefer to spend their energy in high level of activity.
While there are some breeds that would be absolutely ideal as your jogging partner or highly agile disc dog.
Basset hound is a low energy dog where as Border Collie is of a breed that prefer to go for regular schedule of exercise.
No matter the type of breed, dogs always respond well with increased energy level if they are taken out for a fixed schedule of physical exercise.
Make sure the quality of grooming you can provide to your pet dog before choosing a dog.
Though all breeds of dogs require some basic grooming if they are kept as pet in households but some breeds of dogs need advanced grooming while others require minimal grooming.
Dogs with long furs are often the victims of ear mites.
Grooming also helps in reducing the rate of shading hairs.
The dogs with thin hair coats or smooth coated skin shed more fur than the long haired.
Some fluffy poodles simply look beautiful if they are properly groomed.
The Age of The Dog
Buying a puppy means taking up lot of responsibilities.
You should have to provide proper training so that the little creature gets rid of all the bad habits like chewing furniture and such when it grows up.
You should also be very careful with the puppy as it is prone to many accidents.
Adult dogs can be a good choice for you.
As you can easily judge its level of activity.
Even though they are not popular, senior dogs can be excellent pets.
They are less aggressive and are generally of low energy level.
But you need to take your old dog more frequently to the vet than the young aged ones.