Thursday, February 2, 2012

What type of dog is right for you?

What type of dog best fits into your life? Selecting the puppy that best suits your lifestyle is going to play a key factor in having a happy future with your newfound little bundle of joy.

First, you should decide if you want a dog or a puppy? Puppies are cute but again, they are alot like babies. They need alot of attention and patience. They need more care and training than a grown dog does. A puppy also has plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of energy. They will need play time with you. They will needs toys to keep themselves entertained when you cannot play.

Another key factor in determining which type of dog is the best dog suited for your lifestyle is the breed of dog you decide to get. Some dogs are naturally better for children than other dogs. You can learn so much about breeds of dogs by doing simple dog breed types through an internet search engine (such as google (my personal favorite) or yahoo or bing etc.

Where will you get your dog from? A good first stop should be the local animal shelter. You will find cute and loving puppies and dogs whom are in need of a home. The people at the shelter will have gotten to know the dog and their personality type. They can help match you with the puppy/dog that will most likely be the best choice for your family. If yo find that you desire a breed that is not currently at that shelter, ask the workers there for recommendations of a reputable place that you may be able to find one.

Pet stores and dog breeders are also popular choices but be prepared to pay more.

How your attitude affects your dog

Believe it or not, your attitude affects how your dog behaves and reacts. It also affects how successfully that your dog will learn new commands and tricks. Do you find yourself becoming anxious and agitated whenever your dog does something wrong or can't seem to get the concept of a trick (no matter how much time you spend dog training)? Are you too quick to be harsh with the little guy? Remember, dogs are like children. It takes time and patience to effectively train a dog. Tone of voice is so important. I can't stress this enough. Set boundaries with your dog as far as what you want and what you don't want but be understanding. Dogs are like humans. They are going to make mistakes (just as you do in life). Caring for a dog is going to be frustrating and annoying at times. Success and failure is a normal part of the learning process for your dog.

Here is the link back to the main page of the blog for more care and training tips for your dog