There are so many, so how do you choose which one works for you?
After making the decision to adopt a dog the next step in the process is to decide what breed you want to get. Goggling breeds you know is a good idea, you could really never get enough research on an animal, it’s for your benefit and there’s. A lot of Dog Centers have breed lists that I recommend reading.
Some questions to consider when looking at breeds are:
What size dog do I want to get? (Small, medium, large, extra-large, Extra Extra Large)
If you are like most people and get a mutt or mixed breed you need to consider all aspects of all the breeds they have for considering their size at full growth. Jasmine is a Saint Bernard Hound, when we adopted her at 4 months old we assumed as she was the first dog my family has ever owned she would be a decent sized dog because of the Saint Bernard, but what we didn’t account for the hound (which are usually smaller) so she is a smaller size then what we expected but she just looks like a mini Saint Bernard and everyone thinks she is still a puppy (minus the gray fur).
How much time do I have to spend playing with my new dog? (Energy level)
When we first got Kody and I lived at home because I was in High School, I played with him for the minimum of 2 hours a day after school. My mom would play with him and the ball playing fetch for about an hour in the mornings. This is still the case and he is 8 years old. He now has Bear to play with most of the time but he prefers playing with his toy.
Do I want to crate train my dog? (Goes off energy level)
Bear has been crate trained since the day we got him. He has been a terror comparing him to my other dogs who have never been crate trained they are house trained (go bathroom outside and let us know when they need us to let them out) However I think as a puppy unless you want to clean up poop, pee, chewed up everything or are able to sleep on a puppy schedule (which isn’t a lot) you want to crate them so they learn when bed time is and you instill a schedule in them.
Do I have any other pets/ children that I need to take into account getting a new animal?
Introducing pets will be another post I will share after this one as a sub post to answer and go into more details about how to introduce them and how to make sure everyone in the house is happy with a new member of the family. As well as ways to if it’s past the introduction stage to make your animal dog friendly to your newest member.
What kind of training am I willing to take with my new dog? Does he/she have any training (If adopting an older dog they may have basic skills)
After you have decided on a breed you then have to consider of your house and yard are ready for a dog, this is especially the case with new dog owners. A lot of shelters will ask for pictures of your house and yard. Some even go as far as to do a home check before they allow the dog to stay with you to make sure it is safe for them.