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SHOULD I GET A DOG? AND WHAT TYPE OF DOG SHOULD I GET?

Are you thinking of adopting a new pet? Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a fantastic adventure filled with love and excitement. Naturally, the first step will be to figure out which kind of pet you want to purchase. You may think, “What kind of pet is right for me?”

It is all about your personality and lifestyle. For many, it is best to get a dog. This makes them wonder what kind of dog they should choose. There are many options available to choose from! Before you decide, make sure that you complete all of your research to make sure your pet is the right fit for you and your family.

What’s Your Lifestyle?

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The most important question is whether to adopt an animal, cat, bird or small furry friend like a hamster. It all depends on the pet most compatible with your personality and lifestyle. Consider questions such as “Will you be home during the day?” Also, “What other pets do you have?” You should not adopt an animal if you own cats that don’t get along with dogs. If you own a dog who is more of a solo pet, the best option may be a fish bird.

If you are traveling for work, you’ll want to find someone to walk with you or visit your pet while you’re away. If you’re absent during work hours, you may be OK with an open door for your dog that you leave open or a pet walker who is available to visit. Certain people who must be absent all day could prefer to get cats. Cats require a lot of affection and love; however, they tend to manage being left alone more easily than dogs. If you need to leave the city, you’ll require an animal care provider, no matter what pet you choose to adopt.

What Type of Dog Should You Get?

If you’ve determined that you want a dog, it’s the best option; the second step should be determining which dog breed best suits your needs. Consider questions like:

  • Do you reside in a 3rd-floor apartment with no outside space or a large house with a yard? Some dogs require a place to exercise frequently, whereas other breeds do OK in smaller apartments.
  • Do you have children that require supervision? Certain breeds are more compatible with children than others.
  • Do you have any other pets? And how do they do with other pets? If you own an animal, stay clear of dog breeds with a prey instinct, or be educated about training your pet not to chase cats.

Different breeds come with a range of temperaments and personalities. A little research will help you decide if you’re seeking a mixed-breed pet. For instance, breeds that are all or some “working dog” (like cattle shepherds, dogs border collies, and shepherds) could require more activity in their lives and stimulation for the mind than calmer breeds. Certain breeds work best with other pets or children. A dog breed selection tool can help make a decision. 1

Consider Age, Size, and Other Factors

When you’ve decided on the type of temperament you seek, You should consider other factors when looking to adopt a pet.

Age

Puppy puppies are adorable, but ensure you’re ready to deal with the more attention and training they require as they age. An older pet may be a better choice if you’re looking for an animal with less anxiety and who is potty trained.

Size

You might be a huge dog lover, but can you control him when there are squirrels during your daily walks? Consider your physical abilities today and in the coming 10 years. It’s also beneficial to take into consideration what size you have in your house about the size of the animal is going to be.

Coat and Grooming Requirements

Longer fur dogs require additional grooming or cleaning to keep their coats in good shape. In contrast, brushing can be the perfect way to relax and connect with your pet.

Care

Consider who will perform what tasks before your pet’s arrival, including taking walks, feeding, and cleaning up after messes.

The Dog’s Background

If you’re adopting an older dog and considering adopting a dog of a certain age, you need to research the dog’s background. Consult the vet or rescue for information about the dog’s behavior and background. There may be some issues or habits to conquer; however, that could be OK if you’re ready.

You Have Lots of Choices

If you’ve identified what you’re looking to find, There are still a few options to consider. There are many possibilities for finding the ideal pet. If your eyes are set on a specific breed, you can contact an ethical breeder or search for rescue groups in your area. Make sure you check your local shelter. Up to 25% of dogs in shelters have been breeders. 2 To find dogs seeking a permanent home, visit an online shelter directory or call the local shelter. Some online listings work with multiple shelters, allowing you to search for dogs by location, breed, age, gender, or size. 3

Introduce Your New Dog Slowly

If your pet already has a home, remember to be patient and careful when introducing your new pet to your cat or any other pet. Introductions should be conducted slowly and carefully to ensure everyone is comfortable and secure. Dogs should be allowed to look at each other outside (while walking on leashes) before going inside.

Cat introductions may require more time. Your cat will require an area to go to, as well as the time to become accustomed to the smell of the dog. You may begin by having them in separate rooms and feeding the two in opposite directions of a door. After a couple of days (at) separated, you should keep your pet on a leash for the first time. It’s OK if the first introductions last a few weeks. Use the Comfort Zone’s calm Diffusers at home to make your cat feel safer.

Adopting a new pet or puppy is a fantastic choice. You’ll have the best companion to help you through life’s challenges and downs. Research before you decide if your pet is a good match for your lifestyle, home, and other pets.

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