Adoption

Choosing The Right Dog For You

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Are you thinking of getting a dog? You may prefer to get a particular breed based on your preference. But compatibility matters the most when finding a new dog for you. 

There are several factors to consider before you choose a dog. It’s more than simply looking for a cute one. You need to examine your current lifestyle and consider what adjustments you are willing to make for a dog. If you’re living with your family, some special considerations must be made, especially if with kids, allergies and older people.

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If you’re thinking about getting a dog and want to provide it with a loving home, here are some things to consider:

Age

Age

Puppies require the most attention and training, especially for the first six months. Adult dogs have a calmer personality and are most likely to be housetrained. Unfortunately, senior dogs are usually less likely to be adopted. They are perfect for people who need low-energy dogs, but they can come with more responsibilities. 

Breed

Breed

Different breeds have unique characteristics. A common misconception is that dog breeds impact behavior, but a study contradicts this. If you’re eyeing a purebred dog, make sure you do your research. Determine whether you are willing to face potential health issues and grooming-related complications. On the other hand, mixed-breed dogs may be excellent additions to your life. When two or more dog breeds are combined, the personality and physical qualities of the two dog breeds are frequently balanced.

Size

Size

Small dogs are more delicate and prone to accidents. Large dogs require more room to move around. The size of your living space is also a big factor when choosing a dog. Living in an apartment in the city sometimes means limited space. Backyards mean large areas for playing and exercising. When adopting a mixed breed from the shelter, you will not be able to tell how big the dog can grow. Ask for help from the personnel to assist you in determining the approximate size when the dog is fully grown.

Activity Level

Activity Level

Do you have an active lifestyle or do you prefer staying at home? A dog with similar characteristics to yours will be the best fit for you. The activity level of a dog is generally affected by breed, but this does not imply that you can just rely on breed to predict how energetic your dog will become. Every dog, regardless of breed or size, requires regular exercise, so be sure you can provide it.

Schedule

Schedule

Choosing a dog that is suited to your schedule will guarantee that your pet receives the care they require. Preparing ahead is one way to ensure you have time for your dog. The more you plan ahead, the more time you’ll have to spend with your dog afterward. You may want to consider a pet walker or a doggie daycare if you work long hours.

Many people go to their local shelter and adopt dogs from there. Some interactive sites can help you determine the right dog type for you. After evaluating what you are looking for, head to your local shelter and let them know what you want. Aside from a wide selection to pick from, you help give room to another homeless dog when you adopt from an animal shelter. 

And there you have it! Take your time and make sure to do your research.

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