The right dog can be your Best Friend and so much more.
What role will your dog play in your life? Family pet? Jogging partner?
Therapy dog? Dog sport participant in one of the many dog sports? Deciding
your dog's role will help you determine the right breed and age of dog
he be able to keep up with your activities (jogging, hiking), would his
size present problems with your children or other pets, do you have the
space needed to provide a healthy, active life? A Pekinese may not be
the best hiking partner, or a Great Dane the best for cuddling in the
lazyboy (with you).
Coat-long or short hair, shedder or not. Consider the amount of
time for grooming. Will you do the grooming or will you pay a groomer
to do it? Is there a person in the home that has allergies. Some coats
have less of a problem with dandruff. Ask yourself what kind of hair you
want on your rugs, couch or bed.
Energy Level-do you have a fenced yard to exercise an energetic
dog or do you live in an apartment? With an active dog it is more likely
that he will get the exercise he needs if you can put him out in the yard
rather than having to take him somewhere just to exercise him everyday.
An energetic dog is more likely to do damage to your house if he is not
getting enough exercise.
or Older Dog-from a Rescue organization or a breeder of purebred dogs.
Both may have puppies or older housebroken dogs. Are you ready to devote
the time to housebreaking vs. possibly needing to break bad habits. Both
ages of dogs will most likely need training. Training your new dog or
puppy will help to develop the bond between you.
What do you want your dog to be when he grows up.......
jogger| hiker | cuddler | tracker | agility | competitor | flyball
competitor | hunter | weight puller | therapy dog | kids dog | herder
| conformation champion | 4-H | obedience competitor
We hope these tips help you choose a dog that will
last you his lifetime.
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