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What Type of Dog Is Best for Your Family?

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Thinking of getting a dog?

What type is best for you or your family?

Do your homework!  Most people choose their dog based on aesthetics, they like the look of a particular breed, or they go to a shelter and pick the cutest one. Keep in mind that this is a commitment that lasts on average, 15 years! That’s a long time to live with a pet that is contrary to your lifestyle. In truth if you choose the wrong one it can be stressful and costly based on any number of things that could go wrong.

What I mean is. if you end up with a high energy dog and you work long hours leaving you little time to properly exercise him this is a recipe for disaster . Any number of behavioral problems can arise such as, excessive barking, digging, chewing, nervousness, separation anxiety, even,aggression.

Things to consider when choosing a dog…

How much time can you allot to dog walking each day? Most need two good walks a day.

Long hair or short? Grooming a long haired pet can be time consuming or costly if taken to the groomer and can cost anywhere from $35-$100 every 4-6 weeks.

Low, medium or high energy? Within any breed you can have different energy levels. Are you a couch potato? Choose low energy. Like to jog or bike daily and looking for a partner? High energy would be a fit.

Do you already have other pets at home? Consider what would be a good fit for them. You want to be sure of a smooth transition when introducing the new dog.

Puppy or adult? While a puppy may be more work on the front end you can get them started on the right path with training right away. If you choose an adult they may come with some built in bad habits, consult with a trainer straight away. Don’t make the mistake of thinking things will work themselves out, they usually get worse if left unattended to.

Many dogs end up in shelters because of behavioral problems that arise from their owners  not realizing the  requirements of their particular breed.

In the end it’s best to make a list of pros and cons of the different breeds and be honest about your real life restrictions or limitations. You may change some of your habits in the short term but you will most likely fall back to your old habits in the end. Be fair to you and most importantly the dog!

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