How to choose the right dog for you – Part 2

This is part two of ”How to choose the right dog for you”. If you missed part one, you can read it here: How to choose the right dog for you.

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Determined whether or not you have the patience, time and financial means to take care of a dog? It is now time to think about the following questions.

 

Where you live

Live in an apartment? There is a good chance that dogs are not allowed. Certain communities restrict certain breeds, or ban all dogs outright. Make sure you to ask your landlord or homeowner’s association which rules, if any, apply to you. You should also have a look at your environment and think about whether your dog’s exercise needs can be met. If you live in a small apartment in a city, you may not want to get a big, high energy dog, which requires a lot of exercise and space to run around in.

 

Do you have any kids?

I remember the first time my mom brought home an adorable little puppy. I was over the moon at the sight of this small, black ball of fur running around the living room. Bringing a dog into your home can absolutely be one of the best things you can do for your children. It teaches them how to care for another being and also provides them with a loyal and loving friend. However, you need to take into account the age and personality of your child as well as the size, age and temperament of the dog. The last thing you want is for either to be hurt. Also, keep in mind that the dog will be your responsibility for the most part, not your child’s.

 

Are there any other animals living in the house?

Dogs can usually live in harmony with other pets, yes, even cats. Training may be required for an older dog that is not used to smaller animals like cats. Already have a pet? Think about how he’s going to handle the introduction of a new addition to the family.

 

Is now the right time?

If you are experiencing some emotional trauma, going through a divorce, starting a new job, having a baby or moving home, ask yourself whether you have the patience and time required to care for a dog right now. If not, you may want to wait until your life is more stable.

 

Is anyone in your family allergic to dogs?

Depending on the severity of the allergies, you may not be able to have a dog at home.  A good way to find out is to visit a friend or family member who has a dog.

 

Why are you getting a dog?

Are you in need of a watchdog, a best friend for you and your kids, or a surrogate baby? Do you want a pet that will snuggle up beside you on the couch while you watch Netflix, or do you prefer one that likes his space? Are you planning on taking your dog, every morning, on a five-mile run, or do you want one that simply requires a few short walks around the block?

 

Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Just because your child puts ‘’Puppy’’ at the top of his Christmas list, does not mean you should jump the gun and get him one. The person who will spend most of the time caring for the dog needs to make sure that he himself is ready.

 

Thinking of the Future

Dogs have an average life span of 10 – 13 years, although some breeds can live much longer, so think about your future: Are you planning on getting married? Moving home? Having children? Of course, we can’t always know what we will be doing in the future, but it’s a good idea to think about whether a dog will fit into your life for many years to come.

 

This is part two of ”How to choose the right dog for you”. Part three can be found here: How to choose the right dog for you – Part 3

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