Don’t just fall for the first pair of puppy dog eyes and adorable wagging tail you see--choosing a new puppy takes a lot of thought and planning. Unless you want to make things harder than they need to be, read on to find out how to choose the right puppy for your family.
Know your breed
Different breeds have greatly different characteristics and personality traits. Some are calm and laid back, others remain hyperactive long into their adult years. Take the time to research any breed you think you might like to have and speak to a trainer to find out if the breed you want is easy to train.
Think about your lifestyle
Is your family the outdoorsy, camping and hiking type? Or are you more laid back, preferring to spend your downtime on the sofa instead? Some dog breeds are more active than others, and if you happen to choose one that doesn’t fit your family’s lifestyle, you might regret it. You also need to consider how big your dog will be once it’s grown. If you live in a tiny apartment in the city, a smaller dog makes much more sense than a larger one. But if you live out in the countryside, you may be able to make a large dog very happy with all the wide open spaces.
Consider the dog’s temperament
Bold, aggressive dogs may be fine for families with older children or teens, but they may not work for families with small children. Less confident pups may be great pets for all ages and require less training to learn their place in your family ‘pack.’ Overly timid dogs may require more training to become confident pack members, but they still make great pets.
Follow up with training
Raising a puppy doesn’t just end with potty training and chew toys--to keep your pet safe and happy, take the time to at least teach your new puppy basic commands. This will not only make your life easier, it will help your pup settle in comfortably and confidently in its new home.
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