If your family is looking forward to adopting a dog soon, what follows is a quick read on how to make sure the new pup you pick easily blends into your family and allows him to become the apple of your eye.
The Most Important Thing You Can Do
To be sure that you adopt the “perfect” dog for your family, there’s one important thing you can do to put the odds in your favor. It starts long before you meet him and long before you even know what he looks like. Follow the advice below and you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect pup for your pack.
The best thing you can do to make sure your new pal becomes the perfect companion for your family starts long before you even take him home. Do this and you’ll give him a head start.
It’s a simple two-step process. The first step is to research different dog breeds and how the different breeds may fit into your own family’s lifestyle. Evaluate the following questions as you consider different dog breeds.
What’s your living situation?
Do you live in a home? Apartment? On acreage? Do you have a lot of room inside your home or is space limited? Do you travel a lot? Is someone home all day that can let your pooch out to do his business or is everyone gone?
What’s your family’s activity level?
What does your family’s perfect Saturday look like? Would it be going on a hike together as a family or would it be not getting out of your pj’s and watching a movie together?)
These are just some of the basic questions to consider but make sure to really give some thought to your family’s dynamics and lifestyle as you do research into the different dog breeds. This first step will get you in the ballpark of finding your perfect pup but the next step is what will help you narrow in on your target.
Breed Isn’t The Most Important
Although breed itself is important, it’s only half the equation when considering the questions above. Within each breed, there are always “exceptions to the rule”. You may come across a pup whose breed is known to be on the “lazy” side yet when you meet the little fella he’s is bouncing off the walls with energy.
Breed can steer you in the right direction and help you narrow down a pooch that generally aligns with your family’s lifestyle, but the individual personality of the dog you are considering needs to be evaluated properly as well.
A family that chooses a breed that aligns with their lifestyle perfectly on paper could be in for a big surprise when they get their new friend home if his individual personality isn’t taken into account as well. Dogs are like humans in the way that we are all unique and have our own personalities.
So to recap… narrow down the search for your family’s perfect dog by researching different breeds and finding the ones that best match your family dynamics and lifestyle. Once the breed is narrowed down, then start your search for the individual dog itself and look for a personality that matches your family’s. Good luck!