Choosing The Right Dog

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Choosing The Right Dog
By Kerry

There are many things to consider when a decision has been made to get a dog. Answering these questions will determine how pleasant you dog ownership experience will be. Just remember that the cutest puppy will grow up to be a best friend or, heaven for bid, a challenge in your life.

Here are 8 things to consider when choosing your dog.

1.How much room do you have for a dog?
When choosing a dog, much consideration needs to be given to how much space your new family member will need. Active dogs need room to run, especially if a busy lifestyle will keep you from exercising you dog daily. While all dogs need exercise, some are more energetic than others.

2. Do you have young children?
Every breed has a temperament. When researching breeds be sure to pay attention to the appropriateness to a given breed. Having to give up a pet after it's been in the family for a while because it's aggressive to children can be very difficult.

3. Do you have time to house break a puppy?
House breaking a puppy can be a challenge and time consuming. Being consistent is a key to success here. Will you be able to see the process through without pulling your hair out? If the thought of house breaking a new dog is a concern, then you might consider adopting an older dog from the Humane Society or a dog rescue service.

4. Do you have allergies?
Pet dander can be a major trigger for someone with allergies. There are some dog breeds that are less likely to be a problem than others. If allergies are a problem in you home, then pay close attention to this area. Also, if black dog hair on your white carpet is going to bother you, then look for a dog that doesn't shed much.

5. Who will care for the dog?
If the responsibility for the care and feeding of you new pet will be a child, then consideration should be give to how much care the dog will need. Feeding and watering are a given, but what about grooming? If the dog has long hair or sheds, then brushing the dog on a regular basis will be required.

6. Can you have a dog where you live?
If you rent, can you have pets? If there is a neighborhood association, are dogs allowed? Will there be extra fees for having a pet where you live? All of these things should be investigated and considered.

7. Can you afford a dog?
Even a free dog isn't free. Dogs need doctor visits just like you and me. There are shots and check ups and injuries that need treating. Will you spay or neuter your dog? How about the cost of food, toys, a dog license and grooming?

8. Do you travel often?
If your used to coming and going whenever you want, and unless you plan to travel with you dog, you'll want to consider how you will provide for your pet while your gone. Is there someone who won't mind caring for your dog while your gone? Are you comfortable putting him in a kennel?

Having a companion pet can be rewarding. It can teach children responsibility. It can fill a need for companionship. The time you spend researching the right breed will help guarantee your experience is what you picture it to be.
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