If you are thinking about bringing a dog into your home, there are may things that you need to know about and consider. The new pet will become a member of the family, so you have to select wisely so the dog will fit in nicely. In fact, the first question is: “Are you sure you want a dog?” It is true that dogs make great pets, but you really have to be sure that you are prepared to take care of one for a long time. Are you being badgered by your children to get a puppy? Have you ever cared for a dog before? Do you want a dog because you had one as a child and remember fondly the companionship that it gave you? The last thing you want to do is to get a dog on a spur of the moment whim.
Have you thought about getting a dog that is grown perhaps from one of the dog adoption programs or are you more inclined to start with a new puppy? Puppies are so cute and everyone loves them when they are little, but you have to consider the dog they will become. Puppies are fun to watch grow up and they can grow up with your children and just like your children they are going to go through stages. Grown dogs have the advantage of being more calm and you can readily see what temperament they have already.
Whether or not you want a female or male dog is also important. Male dogs tend to grow bigger than their female counterparts. The males are more dominant in their behavior and are more aggressive in some breeds. If you do not plan to have a dog that has puppies, then you will also have to take care of the neutering or spaying.
Temperament is one of the most important factors to think about in selecting your new dog. If you have a purpose for this dog other than as a companion, then you need to take that into consideration. Would you like a guard dog who patrols your grounds? Dogs have many ways of showing whether they are more docile or rambunctious even as a puppy. Pick up the puppy and cradle it in your eyes. If he wiggles and squirms excessively, this pup will probably require more training. On the other hand, if he lies in your arm calmly, then he probably is mild tempered and has a much calmer nature. When interviewing your dog, clap your hands and make loud noises and sudden movements to see how he responds. With children, you do not want to end up with a shy or nervous dog who is easily startled.
When doing your research, read about the behavioral traits and maintenance requirements of various breeds. A lot can be explained about how a dog will behave based on the background and history of his breed. Some breeds require more grooming and some more exercise and some both. You will want to know these things in advance. There are breeds that are very independent and others want to be considered a member of the family.
Have you decided from where you are going to get your dog? Puppies can be purchased from breeders, but you will want to be sure that they are respectable and dedicated to maintaining the standard of breeding itself. The puppy you purchase should be healthy and well socialized and not one that has been treated roughly or deprived of human companionship. Local pet shops can be a good place but you want to be sure that you speak to someone that has done business with them before and will recommend them to you.
Once you have selected you new dog, whether it be a big dog or a small dog, the research and thought that you have put into its selection will prove to be worthwhile. By taking care in selecting your new dog, you should be able to find the perfect one for you and your family. Look forward to a lasting and loving relationship with your new pet dog that is sure to be fulfilling for you and your children to spoil and pamper all you want .