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Deciding on the right type of dog for your family is a big decision. Do you have a particular breed in mind? What about the age of the dog? Are you looking to adopt from a shelter or work through a breeder? It is important to understand how to select the right dog to prevent problems with your family. Here are some things to consider when searching for a new dog.
The amount of space you have in your home for the dog is important to consider. A toy dog will not need a lot of room, but they tend to prefer indoor lifestyles. A larger breed, like a golden retriever, will need more space to run and exercise. They are normally kept outside, but some people prefer to keep their larger breeds indoors. Make sure you have enough space to meet their needs so they can burn off excess energy.
Some people love the idea of adopting a puppy, until it grows. Puppies require a lot of attention. They need to be house trained and trained in other behaviors, as well. Training requires a lot of patience and attention. You need to be prepared for these things if you are considering a puppy. Adult dogs may or may not be house trained. However, mature dogs are often calmer and have hit their maximum growth potential.
If you have young children, it is essential to look for a dog with a calm temperament. While the kids may enjoy playing with, feeding and walking the dog, you need to make sure the dog is friendly to the children. Certain breeds are not good around small children. This is something to research if you have toddlers in your home. Do you want a dog that is strong willed or one that is easy to train? Will the dog be left alone for several hours of the day? If you work and need to leave the dog home often, it is important to look for a dog that can be left alone without tearing up your home. Obedience training is a smart investment when you adopt a new dog so you can teach your kids how to care for the dog and help him learn commands.
Do you prefer a male or female dog? There is a difference in the temperament based on gender. You want to make sure you are buying a dog that you can handle. It is always a good idea to spay or neuter your dog so they do not breed with other dogs.
How much will the dog cost? This is hard to determine since dogs all have different needs. Add up the cost of dog food, yearly pet examinations and vaccinations to get a good idea as to how much you will spend. Then you need to consider alternative costs like how much it costs to board the dog when you go out of town. Certain breeds are prone to health problems. Consider investing in pet insurance to keep your pet healthy at a cost you can afford. Visit PetPremium.com to view different policies for your pet.
Not every dog is right for your family, but by educating yourself on size, age, temperament, gender and cost, you can improve your chances of finding the ideal pet for your home!