How To Decide On A New Puppy For The Family Choosing That Four Legged Companion

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How To Decide On A New Puppy For The Family Choosing That Four Legged Companion

by Ruth Bird

The very first step and probably the most important step is to determine the type of breed that best suits your household and family.

Your dog will be a part of your family for 10-16 years bringing you a lot of love and companionship and friendship. First you need to do research before you buy that cute little puppy dog. This puppy will not stay a puppy for very long.

Your dog will be a long term commitment. A dog is a living creature that requires care, and attention. It is not a toy that you can put in the corner when you are tired, grumpy, or even sick. There are many books or internet websites that can help you make the right choice.

Some of the issues to take into consideration are:

-time available to spend with the dog

-money available to care for the dog

-do you have children? What are the ages? How many do you have?

-are you a young family or an older couple?

-do you have a large, medium, or small property?

-will you have lots of time for exercise, walks and play? Or, do you prefer a ?couch potato? dog?

-can you handle housetraining or would you even prefer a mature dog instead

-is everyone in the household in agreement with getting a dog?

-do you want a pet that is friendly to all who come and visit you; or, do you want a guard dog for the family?

There are many different issues to consider.

Once all of you decide on what breed of dog you want you need to research from where to purchase your dog. One of the best ways to purchase a dog is to get references from people you know, or know of.

And, before you even buy your dog...find a veterinarian close to your home. Introduce yourself and discuss your choice of dog breed with your new vet. It is always best to know your vet before you bring your puppy home.

And before you bring your puppy home make sure you already decided on your choice of dog training method. This is the second most important step you can take. Again, do the research. There are so many dog training techniques available. Some you can do from the comfort of your home with the whole family involved.

Next Article: Your new puppy comes home.

Ruth is actively involved with the internet, and she finds it very exciting. Her passions are pet health and dog training. She is a wife, a stepmom a dog owner and a business person. She is married for almost 30 years to Chris who has been, and still is, battling the monster MS. Two of her dogs are Certified Therapy Dogs. She is currently working from her home.

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