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18 Things To Consider Before Selecting Your New Dog

by Lamar Deane

Before purchasing a dog for a pet you must make a sincere, thoughtful commitment. Try to match your desires to the needs of the dog.

Before you start your search for a new dog there are the following 18 things to consider.

1. Obligation and Dedication
Owning a dog requires a long-term commitment. Adopting a dog on impulse often ends in disaster. Dogs don't make very good birthday or Christmas presents. The decision to acquire a dog should be discussed with all family members.

2. Time
Do you have the time to spend with a pet? Unfortunately, this is not thought out and frequently overlooked, especially when there are young children in the family. Puppies and dogs need adult supervision and a five or six year old child is too young to responsibly care for them. Do you have time to train a dog? Taking time to train your dog is an obligation that must fit into your daily schedule. If you can't spare the time in training, playing, and exercising a dog maybe, you should re-consider acquiring a dog.

3. Facilities
Do you have a large enough space for a dog? An outdoor dog needs at least a fenced in yard and a warm, dry doghouse. Do you have the space needed for keeping a dog inside?

4. Cost
Can you financially bear the cost of a dog? Not only the cost of purchasing a dog should be considered but the cost of routine health care, veterinary fees for annual vaccinations, food, dishes, leashes, collars, beds, toys, etc.

5. Patience
Owning a dog is a labor of love, but it takes ample patience and persistence in raising one. Having a hot, quick temper that flares up repeatedly isn't compatible with owning a dog.

6. Training
You must give your dog at least some basic training (either by you or a professional trainer) on behavior and manner or he will be a liability rather than an asset. House-breaking, collar and leash control, obedience is necessary training. Without proper training your dog will be a nuisance and an embarrassment to you.

7. Puppy or Adult Dog?
Depending on your financial situation, the age of children in the home, and the amount of time you can dedicate to training a dog.

Adult: Adult dogs have reached their full size, coloration, and coat so usually what you see is what you get. Their personalities are already established, however many of their learned behavioral manners can be changed. Adjusting to a new family and environment can be traumatic to older dogs.

6 things to consider when acquiring and adult dog.

I: Adult dogs most likely have had their vaccination shots, although they may need boosters.

II: Spaying or neutering probably has been done, which will cut down on your expenses.

III: With an outdoor dog thats fully grown, you have a good idea what type of fencing and the size of the doghouse you will need.

IV: Inside adult dogs are likely to be housebroken with adequate manners.

V: Eating habits are usually already established in adult dogs, but you may have to change them to suit your lifestyle.

VI: Usually adult dogs are accustomed to collars and leashes, and may have had some obedience training. A grown dog with bad habits will take patience and a great deal of time and effort changing their conduct.

4 things to consider when acquiring a puppy.

I: A puppy in a household with children should be carefully monitored when together. Petting and wrestling with a puppy is great fun for children but puppies are fragile and their bones break easily so make sure children understand this when playing with them.

II: Housebreaking a puppy takes time and is particularly tedious and aggravating for the uninitiated. Days or sometimes weeks will be spent on cleaning up after a puppy before it is housebroken.

III: Puppies are vulnerable to diseases not usually associated with adult dogs. They must be checked regularly and will need vaccinations and booster shots.

IV: Spaying or neutering represent additional expenses of puppy ownership.

8. Male or Female?
The cost of raising a male or a female dog adds up to about the same, although spaying a female might be somewhat higher than the cost of neutering a male. One person may favor the temperament of females, while another person prefers masculine characteristics. Bringing a new male dog into a household that already has a male dog may present an aggression problem, unless they are raised together from puppy hood or are neutered; however, neutering won't necessarily stop male aggression. Females tend to be more gentle than males.

There are various reasons for wanting to share your life with a dog; yet, wanting a dog to love is a small part of owning a dog. You will want your dog to be happy in your home.


About The Author
Lamar Deane

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