Choosing a Dog
Choosing the right dog for you is no small matter.
The right dog will give you a new, loving, life-long companion.
Selecting a new dog is part of the planning process whether adopting or buying a dog. Planning for a new dog covers many things to take into consideration. For instance, the biggest question to ask yourself is why do you want a dog?
Why Do You Want a Dog?
Are you looking for a companion dog, watch dog, or guard dog?
Or do you have children begging you for one? I sure remember those days realizing that my kids, as most do, grow weary of the mundane dog chores.
Have you decided you want a dog to warn you of strangers? Maybe you had one as a child and miss the companionship the dog gave you. Regardless of the reason, dogs can bring families closer together with a sense of completeness.
But, here is the kicker...
You should know that not all dogs are good for every situation.
Choosing a Puppy
Choosing a puppy because you have children may be the right choice.
Puppies are adaptable and may be more sociable than a rescue dog. We had fun watching our dogs grow up with the kids. Except for the times when the puppy, like the kids, made messes.
Yet, there is a downside to choosing a puppy.
You don't know what you are getting in the form of the adult dog. We had a puppy that had severe mental issues growing up with our other dog. At the advice of our veterinarian, we had the dog put down. Otherwise, we would have an unpredictable, dangerous 125-pound dog in our family.
We decided to select a senior rescue dog for many reasons. By selecting an older dog, we avoided the messy puppy stage.
6 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dog
There are some factors to consider when selecting a dog. The following factors are not ranked as the relevant importance is a personal matter.
How to Find Your New Dog
Before deciding on a mixed breed or purebred, research information about the breeds you are considering.
The American Kennel Club has lots of information about dog breeds. Using their dog breed selector helps determine temperament and physical traits.
Choosing a Dog Summary
Planning and an honest assessment of the family will help in selecting the right dog. Along with discussing a new dog with family with common sense, you should be able to select the perfect dog for you.
Your new dog will offer you a lasting, loving relationship that is sure to be fulfilling for you.