Don’t Get The Wrong Dog for Your Lifestyle

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The first and easiest way to avoid this major Mistake is to get the right dog, right off
the bat! Please avoid impulse shopping for your new dog partner. You don’t want
just any dog that catches your eye or that has a cute face or that reminds you of a
dog you used to have.

You really want a dog that is the perfect fit for your family
and your lifestyle. If you get the wrong dog, you will wind
up in a difficult, frustrating existence, and you’re going
to doom your pet to being unhappy, misunderstood, and
worse, you could even put them at risk losing their home
and even their life.

Now remember, you wouldn’t take a new job without an interview, and you certainly
wouldn’t marry someone without getting to know them. In the same respect, you shouldn’t
bring a dog into your home without interviewing your prospective dog companion.

Determine in advance:

♥ What lifestyle you actually live.

♥ How much time you are willing and able to dedicate to your new
companion.

♥ How much training and skill you currently have and whether you need to
learn more for the breed you are considering.

♥ Do some research and talk with people who own the breeds you are interested in.

♥ If you decide on a dog of mixed breeding, remember that each of the breeds
in their makeup contributes to their personality and potential challenges.

Write a ‘job description’ for the dog you’d like to have. Decide what you really want
from a dog and do your best to match a dog to your wants. Then spend some
quality time with a prospective dog before you bring it home. Paying close attention to what the ‘job description’ consists of and whether the prospective dog has what it
takes to be successful in that job can make the difference between being reasonably
sure that dog is a good match for you in the long term or not.

For instance:

• Herding dogs aren’t a good match for city dwellers who tend to be couch
potatoes. They have unique personalities, drives, needs and instincts that
must be satisfied in order for them to feel happy.

• Just like not all humans are cut out to be Olympic athletes, not all dogs have
the ability, interest or the conformation to do agility, showing or obedience
sports. Other dogs won’t be really happy unless they are performing.

• High energy dogs, like Chinese Cresteds, don’t fit too well with people who
like a peaceful and quiet existence.

• Bulldogs are not a good match for athletic types who want their dogs to
exercise with them.

• People who really don’t like to do a lot of training probably aren’t going to
do well with German Shepherds, larger dogs or other working breeds.

TIP

Please don’t buy your dog or puppy from a puppy mill, pet store or a breeder
who you have not thoroughly checked out. Puppy mills are set up to produce the
maximum number of dogs as quickly as possible without regard to genetics, health
or environment. Puppies or dogs who come from mills or unscrupulous breeders
are often sick and suffer serious genetic flaws. And, because they have not been
properly handled or socialized, and their mothers are often unable to take good
care of their babies, they usually have short lives with many behavior challenges.

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