Choosing The Right Dog | Victoria Stilwell Positively
Most importantly, do your best to leave your emotions at the door. You will have plenty of time to bond with your new dog once you've brought him home and incorporated him into your family. For his sake and yours, try not to let the environment of the shelter and the weight of the decision influence you to adopt a dog. Dog rescues can be heart-breaking places if your thoughts are focused on the fate of every single dog present. It’s crucial for you to choose the right dog, and not just one that you feel sorry for. Feeling pity for a homeless dog won't benefit him or you in the long run.
Choosing the right dog generally means identifying the type of animal that matches your lifestyle and wants. If you live alone in a small, third-floor apartment, for instance, adopting a large, active retriever mix might not be the best choice. Conversely, if you have a family of four and are looking for a companion to match your active lifestyle, such an animal may be perfect. A dog's size, exercise requirements, friendliness, assertiveness, and compatibility with children should all figure into your decision.
If you have children, of course you want your new dog to get along with them. Children behave differently than adults, so dogs sometimes see them as an entirely different species. They tend to move more erratically and talk louder and in a higher pitched voice than adults. Some dogs think that is just great and can't wait to join in on the fun. Others are frightened or put off by it. Also, children have a tendency to play too roughly with dogs. They pull ears and tails and pinch the dog. They unknowingly break a lot of canine etiquette rules. That is why children are the victims of an overwhelming majority (80%) of the dog bites delivered to humans. For the safety of your children, make sure the dog you choose is child-friendly.
Some breeds are known for being more friendly with children than others, but there are always exceptions. In addition to researching child-friendly breeds, always introduce your children to the dog you have in mind before making a final decision. Observe how they interact together. If the dog cowers or tries to hide from them, or growls at them, this is not the right dog for you. It's also important that your children like the dog. Choosing the right dog is a family decision, and everyone should be on board before making the commitment. Consider the dog's safety, as well. Children can seriously injure and even kill very small dogs by accident. Toy breeds, in general, are not usually a good choice for families with small children for that reason.
The choices can be overwhelming; there are so many adorable dogs to choose from, and they all deserve to find a loving home. How do you choose the right dog for you? Do a little soul-searching and ask yourself a few key questions:Even if you do careful research to choose the right dog for you, there are still a lot of variables that determine the personality a dog will have. There is always a dog who is the exception to their breed standard. Basically, dogs are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. That is where adopting from CARE has a distinct advantage. Our dogs all live in foster homes instead of a shelter. We get to know the dog's personality quirks, her likes and dislikes, her behavior issues, her energy level, whether or not she is good with children, and so on. Essentially, we taste-test all the chocolates for you so that YOU do know what you're going go get!
You can learn a lot about our dogs by reading their profiles. There is also an feature on our website that allows you to enter the criteria you are looking for and see which dogs we have that match. If you want to know more about a dog, contact the foster parent via the email in the dog's profile. We will be happy to answer your questions. If you adopt from CARE and the dog turns out not to be compatible with you, we will take the dog back. If CARE doesn't have a dog who meets the criteria you are looking for, take a look at the other local rescues on . You might find your perfect match there. Happy Hunting! This is the Dog Owner's Guide table of contents for "Choosing the right dog". Because some articles are relevent to several topics they may be listed in more than onc topic. To see a list of topics see the . To browse a table of contents for the entire site see . For a list of all articles listed alphabetically by title see the page