Puppy or Rescue Dog Selection

 

Penn - one of the rescues that I trained at Triple Crown, adopted into a loving home.

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Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So, how do you choose which dog is right for you and your family? How do you choose which dog best suits your lifestyle? There are many factors to consider.  First, you will need to consider if you want a puppy, an older dog, a specific breed or a rescue dog (which some say is the best breed!)  There are so many different breeds, many of which have been designed for specific purposes. Every dog is an individual.  Like people, all dogs have unique personalities. However, in general, dogs of the same breed share many of the same characteristics when it comes to looks, temperment and behavior. Both personality and breed characteristics are important when making your decision.

Other than the above, there are other factors to consider when selecting a dog:

Are you looking for an active dog or not so active dog? Some breeds require more physical activity than others;

Do you want a dog that will require a lot of grooming? Some breeds require more grooming than others;

Are there any other pets in the house? If so, what are they and what are their temperments?

Does anyone in your house have allergies?  If so, there are certain dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic;

Do you have a large yard or a small yard? While all dogs need exercise, certain dogs need more room to run than others;

Dogs require mental and physical exercise and stimulation. Are you able to devote time each day to your dog for this?

How often will your dog be around children? Not all dogs are good with children and require a “quieter home”;

Should the dog need veterinary care, are you able to financially support the care?

Before getting a dog, you need to make an informed decision. Dogs that are chosen wisely and raised responsibly during the first few months are most likely to remain beloved family members. Many dogs end up in shelters because people do not research the breed or personality before getting a dog. The owner gets frustrated and the dog gets frustrated. The dog is then taken to shelter and waits for its forever home.  It is important to understand a dog’s attributes and needs, as well as its individual personality and matching it with your lifestyle. ur

When you are ready to welcome a dog into your family, I can assist you in selecting the right dog for your family.    Should you choose to rescue a dog through a shelter, I can assist you every step of the way in locating the perfect dog.  Should you decide on getting a puppy through a breeder, I can assist you in picking out the best puppy of the litter that matches your personality. Should you be adding another dog to your family, I can help you in picking out a dog that not only matches your personality but your other dog’s personality as well.