With so many appealing dogs to choose from, dog selection can be difficult. Which dog will you choose - a big dog, small dog or a somewhere in-between dog? Think about your available choices with care, because they really wanna fit in.
"Good chemistry" is a must when making your dog selection. Dogs pick up on your vibes and will quickly figure out if they are wanted and loved.
They are pretty good at reading body language which will give away your true feelings about them. Instinctively, they know that pleasing you will lead to being a pampered pet. They want your approval and they want to be accepted.
Dog Selection - Basic Considerations
Is a dog right for you and your family? Before you decide, take plenty of time and give it lots of thought. Have a family meeting to go over the responsibilities of owning a dog. It's really important that everyone concerned realizes what's involved. Moreover, everyone in your household should be enthusiastic about the idea. That way Fido stands a better chance of being a pampered pet.
Healthy dogs live fairly long lives, and they get very attached to you, so think about whether you can confidently include them in your future plans for many years to come.
With a little know-how....dog selection will be a breeze and you'll have no trouble choosing the four legged friend who will best fit into your family and be a treasured pal for years to come.
But don't get trapped by falling for the first cute puppy you see! Taking the time to learn the pros and cons of the breed, will answer questions you didn't even know your had!
Dog Selection - Temperament and Activity Level
Temperament and activity level are two very important factors when choosing a dog. You'll want your dog to be in harmony with the type of things you like to do. If you are a high energy person, or family, and thrive on lots of outdoor activity, select a dog that can keep pace with you.
Before you make your dog selection, think about your reasons for wanting a dog. Is it more for security, companionship, rescuing the abandoned, or do you just love dogs?
If you want a guard dog, consider your lifestyle. Do you have a busy social life with frequent visitors to your home? This might confuse a potential guard dog or at least increase the time it takes for him to sort out friends from foes! Plus, your friends might also be a bit more apprehensive in approaching your pet.
Dog Selection and Your Daily Schedule
Is someone at home most days to take care of a dog, or does everyone have a job? Most dogs are such social beings, they get awfully lonely and even anxious whenever you are gone for more than a little while. Some dogs can go more places, but other dogs left alone may bark or howl endlessly - your neighbors may justifiably be a little put out.
If you can't take your dog with you, think of selecting a dog that is more laid back or perhaps consider two dogs to keep each other company. The other alternative is doggie daycare, but there is a cost involved.
Dog Selection and Your Budget
Taking proper care of a dog does cost money, so before you venture into pet land, do take a look what's involved.
Here are some of the fixed costs:
· Regular health checks
· Annual Licenses
· Good quality food - this cost is variable depending on the size of the dog.
And here are some of the other needs:
· A comfy dog bed
· A doghouse - especially in extreme climates
· Leash, collar, food and water bowls
· Microchipping - especially if travelling with your dog
In addition to the regular expenses, most dog lovers like to purchase treats, toys and birthday presents for their dogs.
Whichever dog(s) you select, if they are home alone, just make sure their outside area is safe and they have solid dog houses to give them good shelter and keep them comfortable no matter what the weather. And, by all means leave some distractions...toys, nylabones and even some music, to while away the time till you return.
Dog Selection - Some Final Advice
Space - If you are attracted to the larger breeds, do you have the room? It's surprising how often large dogs find themselves in small apartments or condos. Go figure!
Hair - Some like it long, some like it short, but most of us don't like it on the couch. Do you have a dog-proof house - perhaps wood floors - especially sealed wood floors. And perhaps leather sofas? Definitely something to ponder if you're not too fond of running the vacuum! Also, be aware that grooming needs will differ between the long and short-haired.
Before Selecting a Dog, one final thought..Most of us dog lovers are willing to make many adjustments for our furry friends. We consider the advantages far outweigh any changes we may make to accommodate our pets. However, owning a dog does mean making a commitment for a number of years.
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