They allowed to get a dog. How to choose?
The decision to get a dog does not come spontaneously. Probably, you have already considered all the joys and difficulties that you will encounter when taking a pet to you. Raising a dog is a difficult and responsible task. She has feelings, character, therefore, categorically it is impossible to consider the appearance of a pet “for a while”, “for trial”.
One of the key points is the availability of free time, since the dog requires care and stress. Also important is the awareness of material costs: food, toys, ammunition. They are insignificant, but still you should really approach the assessment of their capabilities.
The main criteria for choosing
To your health. In this concept you can include your age, your physical fitness, readiness for exertion (for example, running with a dog), as well as the absence of allergies to animals.
Your living conditions. The size of the future pet and its character depend on the conditions in which you will live with the dog. Smaller breeds are suitable for an apartment, for houses with a house adjoining territory you can afford a large pet.
The composition of the family. The presence of young children or very elderly people in an apartment or house requires a special approach to the question of choosing a dog. Obviously, large dogs kept in the house can be dangerous if they are not properly educated (even if you are not aggressive, there is a risk of pushing the child, scaring him). But even a larger role than the size of the pet, its mental balance, stability of behavior will play here.
Your character is the factor that is often forgotten when acquiring a pet. Like humans, dogs have different temperaments, and ideally you should choose a four-legged friend who is more calm in temperament than you. So the hyperactivity of the pet will be a burden to the melancholy homebody, and the choleric owner will be bored with persuading fleecy phlegmatic to run.
What you should pay attention to
If you are fully aware of the responsibility for your pet and are ready to take a faithful friend for the rest of his life, then you understand that he needs healthy nutrition, physical activity, care, affection, and upbringing.
When acquiring the first dog, we recommend contacting special trainers who will help you with the choice and will set the basis for the right relationship with a new friend.
Floor. It is worthwhile to determine the gender of the dog in advance. If you do not plan to breed, and, therefore, participate in exhibitions, experts recommend castrating or sterilizing pets at an early age.
Breed. Choosing dogs by breed, you should familiarize yourself with the characteristic features and, most importantly, with characteristic diseases, learn about the tests and tests of the puppy’s parents. Outbreed dogs have an advantage in this characteristic, since nature selects the best genetic indicators from parents, without fixing hereditary diseases, mestizos initially have stronger immunity.
Age. Shelters often contain adult dogs, we recommend getting to know them better. What are the advantages of this choice? Firstly, you will not have to predict the character. In adult dogs, everything is very clear when meeting people: their attitude to people, fears, perceptions of children, interaction with other dogs, final size. Secondly, you will miss a puppy period that is not the most pleasant in your everyday life: there will be no change of teeth, which entails gnawed furniture and things, there will be no problems with choosing food, accustoming people to street needs.
Before starting a dog for yourself, decide on the goals that you set, read the special literature on the upbringing and maintenance of pets, and personally meet a future friend. Pay special attention to dogs kept in shelters: these dogs are distributed free of charge, but in return you will receive unlimited love and loyal fellowship.