Dogs are fantastic for our mental health. And adopting a pet dog is such an exciting time in anyone’s life. But now that you’ve decided you want a dog, how do you know which dog to get? Because your furry little friend will need to be perfectly suited to you, your home, your lifestyle, and your whole family.
To ensure you make the right choice, here’s everything you should consider before choosing a dog to take home.
First things first, you need to make sure your children and the dog are well suited. Just remember that no matter what type of dog you decide on, always supervise them around each other. Choose a dog that has a calm, happy temperament like a Golden Retriever, German Shepherd – or a mix of the two!
If you have a younger child around toddler age, you should look for a larger dog. And if you have children over 5 years old, you can also consider smaller breeds. While it may seem counterintuitive, the reason is that small children falling on larger dogs won’t hurt larger dogs at all, so they’ll get up and walk away. But if they accidentally fall on a little dog, it may get severely injured or become aggressive to protect itself.
While purebreds are always undeniably popular, it’s really important to research the breed you want thoroughly first. Different breeds of dog will usually have different temperaments and requirements. Always find out whether the breed you have your heart set on will fit in well with your home, energy, lifestyle, and family, including any children or other pets. And the amount of time you’ll be able to spend with them at home.
Alternatively, dogs of mixed breeds can make wonderful pets as they can be quite intelligent, loving, and good-natured animals. This is because dogs with multiple breeds often have a good balance between physical characteristics, temperaments, and personalities. Another good thing about mixed-breed dogs is that many dog experts believe they have much less chance of experiencing health problems overall when compared to purebreds.
While all dogs are going to need at least some basic grooming from time to time, there are some which need considerably more maintenance than others. For most dogs, the grooming difficulty will be based on the hair type and the length of their coat, as they may routinely require more advanced grooming. There are also some grooming tricks that can help reduce how much they shed.
This is important because some breeds are much more prone to shedding than others, especially ones with short hair and smooth coats. This is the first consideration of many people when choosing a dog. If you really love the idea of grooming and maintenance of your new dog, you may enjoy completing an online course to become a vet assistant. Otherwise, you should always ask questions thoroughly when considering each particular breed of dog.
Age is an important consideration when getting a dog. While young puppies are loveable, cute, and full of energy, they also require plenty of patience and time over at least the first 6 months for housebreaking and training. Get ready for fun stuff like little wee accidents and chewed furniture. If you want a better idea of what to expect when it comes to temperament, energy, and attitude, an adult dog may be a smarter choice as they adjust easier to their life in their new forever home.
If you’re looking for one with lower energy, a senior dog would be a wonderful companion to welcome into many homes. Most senior age dogs are far less likely to be adopted, they end up either in a shelter or euthanized. By giving them a home and just a little bit of love is such a compassionate thing to do for an old dog in their golden years.
As you can see, adopting a dog into your family isn’t all about playing fetch and going for walkies. It’s actually a huge responsibility, which takes plenty of patience and planning to make sure you and your furball will be perfectly suited to each other.
Remember too that adopting a dog may save its life. Otherwise, the only other place you should ever get a dog is from a registered and responsible dog breeder.