How to choose the right Dog for your family

25 Oct

When choosing a Dog the first question you must ask yourself is:

Why do I want a dog?

  • Do you want a dog that can train with you and go on runs?
  • Do you want a dog for companionship?
  • Do you want a dog to be a playmate for your kids?
  • Do you want a dog because you like the look of that particular breed?
  • Do you want a dog to give your love to?
  • Do you want a guard dog?

These are just a few reasons as to why you may want to have a dog in your life.

Most of us will choose a dog to fulfill a need in ourselves and there is nothing wrong with that. But if you want to have a dog that fits in with you and your family’s needs you must put the dogs needs before your own. This is to give yourself the best chance of having a happy relationship between you and your dog.

Are you a person or family that has high energy? Love being out and about? Love walking, running, playing sports and riding bikes? If you’re happy to have your dog come on runs twice a day, then you’ll want a dog that has high energy. Having a dog that has medium to low energy levels will not contribute to your family in the way you would like.  You will want to go run/ play and he just hasn’t got the energy to keep up with you.  You will become disappointed with a medium to low energy dog in your family.

Likewise, if you are a family that love hanging out on the couch and going for an easy walk once a day, having a high energy dog in your family will drive you insane. They will get up to mischief, become destructive, chew your shoes, walls…you get the picture.  If this high energy dog’s needs are not being met, frustration will be the only outcome for you and for your dog. Not the reason you chose to have a dog in the family.

So ask yourself the important questions:

  • Why do you want a dog?
  • Is your lifestyle compatible with owning a dog?
  • How often are you willing to walk your dog?, because if you aren’t willing to walk your dog at least once a day you really shouldn’t own one.
  • Are you willing to pay for your dog’s dietary requirements and vet bills? because both can cost you a lot of money.
  • Can you take your dog on holiday? If not can you afford a stay in the kennels?
  • Is your family high, medium or low energy?

There are many more questions that you could ask but you get the idea. Cover every aspect of you and your family’s life style. Once you have done this, then you can choose what energy levels your prospective dog needs to have.

Next you need to look at what breeds would fit your requirements. This does not mean you have to choose a pure bred dog. But if you have an idea what breeds best suit you, then a dog with that breeding in it could fit the bill.

If you don’t know how to pick your prospective dogs energy you need to get a trainer to come help you choose. Or you can talk to the handlers at any rescue service that you may go to, they will have a good idea of how energetic your prospective dog is.

Having a dog can be one of the most rewarding of relationships, but it can also be the most frustrating. In order to avoid being disappointed with your choice of dog, ask the hard questions first and make sure you do your homework.

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