The serious matter – Choosing the dog, part 2.

The detailed tips on how to choose the right dog.

Following the previously mentioned issues, I would like to elaborate now the topic of factors which need to be considered while righ decision making process in regard to owning dog.

1) Purchase or adoption? Personally I’m familiar with the dilemma, being aware of a huge numbers of dogs left in shelters. Would be perfect to have an opportunity to provide a home for all of them. However the reality of fostering faces certain circumstances. The past-life trauma seems to be predominant problem in older dogs’ behaviour. I believe that fostering is a proper option for responsible people, already experienced and with knowledge of how to quickly adapt pet to to new conditions.

The purchase of a dog is a challenge too because most of the time young dogs are bought. I can compare it to the Kinder Surprises case, when the child must first assemble the hidden inside the egg toy to play with. Which include of course some level of satisfaction. To sum up – I recommend both forms, though the emotional and financial costs when buying puppies are much larger than the adoption one. There is also possibility to buy an adult dog from the co breeding or training company. This is a safe way to avoid the frustration as the dog is already toilet trained and will keep off the furnitures. The trainer is aware of the dog abilities and character. So there is no risk of buying a “pig in a poke.”

2) What breed? The basis of knowledge about the specifics of a particular breed is needed. Nowadays there is an opportunity to purchase a variety of breeds from all around the world, both the popular, as well as rare one. The important thing is that the chosen dog breed will meet our expectations and the pick will give us the satisfaction.

3) Puppy or adult? Puppies and young dogs need much more attention, time, knowledge and commitment. Mistakes made during the period of training and education can strike back in the future and disrupt a good relationship.

4) Male or female? Canine gender is a very important thing when deciding if owning a dog. Male dogs, in general, are stronger, with more firm and expressive features and contours. It is often said that these factors make their appearances nicer. There are also disadvantages, such as for example, peeing on shrubs and garden flowers, or problems with sexual desire – in this case you’ll need to watch out for small children. Female dogs are more accurate, easy attaching to the family, they are also easier to train. There is no messing in the garden issue, but likely to happen is smudge of indoor areas during the rut. There are also a frequent cases of pregnancies.

5) Large or small? It seems to be a trivial thing, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s imagine a petite woman or a child with the large Newfoundland or Saint Bernard type. Although these are warm-hearted animals, they require a physical strength adequate to their physical features. By analogy – imagine an obese man leashing a for a playful, tiny Jack Russell terrier or chihuahua. For small usually very active dogs, pace, agility and good physical conditions are required.

6) Purpose: work, play, home or garden? This is a complex issue and you need to define what you want to keep the dog for. If your dog most of the time will be kept outdoor, it must be out of that breed, which easily withstands the harsh winter conditions. Dogs who love space, especially hunting dogs – can not be locked indoor, in the apartments otherwise problems of destroying furniture and home objects can turn out.

7) One or more dogs? It’s indeed an irreplaceable and touching image of family with few dogs. However, pack of hounds, without proper human supervision, rules on its own. Through negative effects of this may be realising of the primal instincts or losing a guardian control over the animals.

8) Caring. Apart from the a hygienic reasons, taking a daily care of your pet plays an important role in building a strong relationship. Combing which is also a massage at the same time, makes the dog a pleasure. This sensation is associated with the owner, who such a pleasure provides and allow to build up the trust. This is a good tool to use for example during stressful vet appointment. Certain breeds can not function without specialized services which involves high costs.

9) Guardian dog – an adult or a child? This is a fundamental question, because, as I mentioned earlier, dogs are the most empathic animals living among the people. They need a wise man and also a strong guardian. Child of course will give the affection and attention, treating the pet as a best friend, however, the leader is needed.This function can be filled only by an adult.

There is no effective way to exhaust all issues related with this topic. I hope that tips provided in this article, will make your decision easier and better, both for yourself and your future friends.

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