Prior to going ahead and choosing your dog, there are a number of issues to think about. Making time to think about these issues will help ensure that you end up with a dog that matches your needs. You may be after an clever, active dog to take for long walks or runs. Maybe a dog who prefers to lie about all day doing nothing would be better. It could be that you need a dog to be your friend and companion. You may be looking for the security and protection that a dog can give.
Considering these points will help you decide on both the age and type of dog that you should look for.
Try to assess your level of experience in dog ownership. Ask yourself whether any dogs you have had previously recognised you as the dominant member of the pack. The answers to these questions will assist you to strengthen up on any weak points you may have.
It’s essential that the dog you choose will be capable of integrating well with other pets in the house. Make sure that you look for a dog who’s personality marries up nicely with the character traits of your first dog. Think about whether a mature dog or a puppy would be most suitable.
Dogs and children can become the very best of friends, but if you have children, it’s vital to make sure that you don’t choose a dog who is nervous around children. Getting to know as much as you can about a dogs past is vital for this reason.
Think about the amount of room you have at home for your dog to move around. If you have a large garden area your dog will be able to stay exercised through the day. If you don’t have a large back yard though, you’ll heave to take him out for regular walks to get his daily exercise. If time is also an issue, you should consider arranging for someone else to come and walk the dog for you.
Your dogs level of training will be key in determining how well he integrates into the new home. Your dog must be shown what he is and isn’t allowed to do. Its important that your dog knows that you are the boss. Achieving these aims will need a consistent approach. The amount of time you will need to dedicate to your dogs training will be influenced by his age and history. A younger dog may need you to start his training from the basics. The positive side of this is that they won’t yet have developed any unacceptable behaviours due to their young age.
You may want to think about providing a new home for a dog from your local dog shelter. If you are less able to dedicate this amount of effort to training, maybe you’ll want to consider taking on an already trained older dog who needs re-homing. You might find a dog who needs no training at all!.