Category Archives: Choosing a Pet

Dogs are wonderful creatures. They love to give you affection, crave your attention, and make the best pets. Dogs, unlike cats, do require a bit more time from their owners. They have to be walked, exercised, and fed each day. There are certain dog breeds that you might find better over others. Before you can adopt a dog you need to understand the differences between the breeds.

The first thing to be aware of is that the American Kennel Club classes dogs by group. There are seven different categories of dogs:  sporting, non-sporting, toy, terrier, hound, working and a miscellaneous class. Matching your family with the right group will give you a good foundation to work from. Read up on each group and find out what makes it special.

Below are a few more points that may help with an adoption decision:

I can not stress the point enough, owning a dog requires a fair measure of commitment. Like a young son or daughter you can be sure there will be expenses regarding food, medical checkups, and the need for attention that all dogs have. Do you take lots of vacations or 3 day trips. You will need to alter your customary plans as your new family member will need to come along with you or arrangements will need to be made for their care while you are out. One thing you can do is get a dog with characteristics that match your lifestyle. If you like to lounge around and stay at home a less hyper pup would probably be to your liking. If you are a ‘clean freak’ then a long hair dog will not be a good choice for you. If you are the outdoors type then a high energy canine will give you hours of companionship out on the trail.

Read up on habits of certain breeds before making a decision – terriers, for example, are notorious for digging. Some varieties are “yippy”.  Some breeds are protective, while others are overly friendly. Make sure you can deal with the habits of the dog. Of course every responsible owner will start a training regiment. This requires discipline on the part of the owner to keep up the program but will ultimately lead to a happy calm home and not a stressful situation. I highly suggest you consider these dog training products as they have helped me with my dogs. In addition size matters when selecting a dog. Do you have the room for a giant dog, or would you rather have a lap dog? German shepherds, labs, and other dogs require more space. If living in small quarters, a large dog may get underfoot. Small dogs frequently love to jump up on you and cuddle.

For a family needing a small dog a Pug is a great choice. If you want a larger dog that can be taught, the German Shepherd is a good choice. The German Shepherd is one of the most lovable dogs in the world. They are not only great pets, but also guard dogs, rescue dogs, and police dogs. A German Shepherd will reach 95 pounds at the maximum, with 26 inches in height.  German Shepherds were first raised as herders, so they do very well protecting younger children and ensuring their safety. They do need intensive training as puppies. trained German Shepherd here. |Get some great information on how to train a German Shepherd here.] They will learn quickly, which is another reason to provide a firm yet respectful hand during training.

Adopting a dog is a great way to give a animal a second chance at life. Usually people think of adopting only a puppy. After all who would not want a fluffy little ball of cuteness and fun? Well, if you have never had a puppy then you might not be familiar with the 2am howling monster that wants to sleep in the same room as you. You may not be accustom to waking up to dog poop all over the floor. Although an early dog training routine will fix these little set backs you can count on them in the beginning. These are things that some may not want to deal with. No problem, just adopt an older dog. Older dogs have a less likely chance at a home because they are often overlooked as potential pets. You will be doing yourself and a needed pup a favor by considering this possibility. Remember that dogs do bring good experiences to a family but there can also be times of stress. Dog sickness issues can bring much worry and cost a good bit of money. Be sure to count the costs for both the good times and the not so good. Owning a dog is a rewarding experience and will bring years of joy to a family. Be sure to consider these points and you are on your way to adopting the perfect pup.