Things to think about when choosing a dog

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More families are considering choosing a dog to join their family in order to complete the perfect family life. There are so many dogs out there that need the love and attention of a good home and while this is an exciting step to embark on you will need to take some factors into consideration before you make your final choice on what breed you want.

It’s important to realize how important it is to choose the right dog. They are real live beings that will need constant attention and care. At the same time, you will receive love, loyalty, and affection on a regular basis and that is a wonderful exchange.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a dog:

  1. The family: in order to make the right decision when choosing a dog you need to consider your family’s needs first. Do you have children or adults with asthma? You also need to take into consideration other health conditions that may worsen when a dog has been brought in full time. Also, you need to determine how busy your family life is. If the dog is going to be left at home alone most of the time, then now may not be the right time to get a dog. If you go on trips often, you need to make sure that the dog is taken care of when you are gone.
  2. Will someone accept responsibility for the dog? A dog needs a lot of care; feeding, watering, housetraining, exercising, playtime, and one-on-one attention. Someone needs to be responsible for each one of these chores. If the family decides to get a dog, it is important that each person has one or two responsibilities for a week at a time. Each week everyone switches responsibility for the dog. All adults and children should have a hand in taking care of the dog accept for small children who are not able to handle this type of responsibility. It’s important to also sit down with the children before choosing a dog to let them know that these responsibilities must be done on schedule otherwise the dog will suffer.
  3. The breed of the dog is another important factor in choosing a dog. You need to decide if the dog will be an indoor dog or outdoor dog. You need to decide if you want a small dog or large dog, short haired or long haired, and if the dog you choose will be around children or not. You also need to consider your climate. Some dogs cannot tolerate extreme heat or cold while others thrive on one or the other. Continue reading “Things to think about when choosing a dog”