It is important to consider breed when making the decision to bring a new furry friend into your home. A dog of any breed can be a great companion, but it is important to do research before selecting a dog. While each individual dog has its own personality, they will have mannerisms that coincide with the breed.
Even when rescuing a dog, consideration of the breed is important. If the dog is a mix between breeds, consider all the aspects the dog may have. While the dog may not have every quality of each breed, any person should be prepared before getting a dog.
Everyone has certain breeds that they want or love. However, because a person likes the look or even some of the mannerisms of a dog, it does not mean that it is the best breed for them. No person should get a dog solely because they like the look of it. Many beautiful dogs are high-maintenance. For example, dogs with long hair likely need regular grooming and/or brushing. Despite hair length, many dogs shed, some worse than others. Some breeds also need extra attention due to high-energy, or even low-energy dogs need more devotion to ensure their health does not decline. Certain breeds are also known to bark and howl more than others. While every breed of dog is deserving of a loving home, it is important to assess if the owner can give a dog the proper care and attention it deserves.
If the owner lives in an apartment or small home, it may not be best to get a large breed, such as a Great Dane of Mastiff. Breeds such as these need a large amount of space and room to run or even relax. Large dogs can feel cramped and restless in small spaces. This is not to say that large dogs cannot have happy lives in smaller homes. However, it is important to consider the best space for a dog and if they will be happy and comfortable in the home. If there is a larger dog in a smaller space, it will likely be necessary to take the dog out on more walks or to the dog park. While big dogs are appealing and cuddly, it is important to consider if your area will be the best for a breed.
High-energy dogs, such as Australian Shepherds and Boarder Collies, need a large amount of exercise and room to run. Dogs such as this were bred to herd and have a large amount of space to run, so they naturally have more energy. Fenced in yards or frequent walks and runs are essential for these breeds. Without a way for these breeds to release their energy, they will likely act out and become destructive in the home. Before getting a high-energy dog, the owner should ensure they have enough time or space, so the dog may be able to do what it is bred for. Other dogs need a large amount of stimulation and challenges, like through play time, to prevent them from getting bored. Boredom leads to destruction and will not be a positive experience for the dog or the person.
Some breeds, such as Cocker Spaniels and Brussels Griffons, are demanding of attention and can get lonely and may misbehave or become depressed if they do not get enough attention. Many breeds are independent and do not require much attention, others like a moderate amount of affection, but breeds such as those previously named will demand as much attention as possible. Before getting a breed such as this it is important that the person determines if there will be enough time to give the dog as much attention as it would require. Dogs that need a large amount of attention may be best for families with multiple people, so the dog does not have to only rely on one person for the affection.
Health risks are important to keep in mind as well. Some dogs are more prone to conditions like hip dysplasia and others have a higher chance of getting ear infections or breathing problems. If the breed is more likely to have health issues it is important to observe them and take them for regular vet check-ups. While these issues vary from dog-to-dog they are still necessary to note as some people may not be able to donate as much time as a high-risk dog may need.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right breed of dog. Some dogs are better fit for smaller spaces, high-activity households, and homes with more time to devote than others. There is a breed that is suited for each person. Training and patience may be necessary before a person can achieve ultimate compatibility. Though all dogs deserve a loving home, it is best to research any dog breed before making the commitment to bring a pup into your home.
Pretty much everyone loves a puppy! They're adorable, cuddly, fun, and silly. Even when puppies are doing something naughty, they're still cute. Unfortunately, even if you're ready for 24/7 cute (I mean, who isn't), that doesn't necessarily mean you're ready to be a lifelong companion for a dog. If you're trying to figure out if you're ready for a dog, you're already taking a step in the right direction by doing research. The best way to determine if you are ready to welcome a new furry friend into your home is to analyze your environment and emotions. You must consider if a dog will be happy and comfortable in your home and if you and the rest of your household are comfortable, ready, and responsible. Here are some questions to ask yourself before getting a new dog:
AM I FINANCIALLY READY?
A crucial part of determining if you are ready for a dog is to analyze your financial situation. Dogs cost much more than the initial adoption or re-homing fee. You must consider expenses such as food and treats. Dogs need quality food, the cost of which depends on the size and age of the dog as well as the brand of food. Treats are essential for training, making it necessary to always have them on-hand. Vet bills are also necessary expenses. Puppies need to go to the vet often for shots and check ups. After dogs reach about a year in age, they visit once a year (possibly more if there are emergencies) to ensure they are healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. Dogs also require monthly heart worm preventative. Putting your dogs on heart worm prevention protects them. Heart worms are extremely harmful to dogs. It is expensive to treat them after the dog has contracted them, so preventative is important. Dogs also need toys and supplies (collars, leashes, beds, etc.). Training is also strongly encouraged as it can ensure the safety of you and our dog. Dogs can be a large financial toll. Assessing your financial situation is key for determining if you are ready for a dog.
DO I HAVE THE TIME?
Dogs require significant amounts of time and attention. If you work long hours, frequently go on business trips, or are a mostly on-the-go person you may not be ready for a dog. Dogs need to be trained, cared for, played with, and loved. Your dog should not live lonely and locked in a kennel. Not only is that a poor quality of life, it also can cause behavior problems in the dog. You should also ensure that you have time to devote to training your dog. Dogs need to be trained so you, your dog, and those that interact with it have a positive experience. It is especially important to train your dog for when you take it into public. There are also walks, vet visits, clean up, feeding, and general care to factor into the time you must devote to your pup. Of course there will be times where you cannot play with your dog one day and sometimes it may have to be in the crate for a little extra time, but make sure you can regularly have time to devote to your furry friend.
IS MY FAMILY READY?
If you live with other people, whether it be family or a roommate, you should consider them before getting a dog. If any members of your family have a fear of dogs or an allergy, consider them. If a dog will physically or mentally harm a person in your home to have a dog, hold off. Be sure to consider if the other people in your home are mentally prepared for a dog. Dogs can be loud, destructive, and can make messes, no matter how old they are. Discuss with the people in your home if they are okay having a dog in their home and be considerate of them when making the decision.
If you have young children in your home, even if it is "their dog," you should be prepared to take primary care of the dog. While dogs can be useful in teaching your children about responsibility, you should assume responsibility when the child looses focus or fails to complete a task. Be prepared to train a dog if you have children as dogs can get crazy at times and you may need to have control.
If you have another dog it is drastically important to consider both or all dogs involved when potentially introducing a new pup into your home. Determine if your dog(s) are well behaved around other dogs, including in your home and around food. If you are introducing an adult dog into your home, ensure they are good with other dogs as well. Fights are always possible, but can be avoided if you are prepared.
AM I EMOTIONALLY READY?
Dogs can be an emotional toll. Of course they are fun, cuddly, and great to be around, but they are a large responsibility. As previously stated, they can be loud, destructive, and messy. They demand a large portion of time and attention. It is crucial to be sure you are prepared to handle difficult situations before welcoming a new furry friend into your home.
It is also important to determine if you are ready to open your heart to a dog. If you recently suffered the loss of a pet, you may want to give yourself time to heal before getting a new dog. Keep in mind that no two dogs are the same. You may want a new dog that is exactly like your previous one, but that will never happen. Assess yourself and your emotional situation before you welcome a new dog into your life.
This post is, of course, not intended to show dogs in a negative light or to discourage people from getting an animal. However, dogs are a large responsibility and there are many factors to consider before adopting a dog. Analyze yourself and your environment before getting a new companion. Consider your happiness as well as the pup's before making the commitment to care for an animal.
Keep an eye out for upcoming posts about how to choose the right dog for you and what to do now that you have a dog! Also, feel free to post any questions you may have for us in the comments.
To start, we at Pack Leader K9 Academy love all dogs, no matter where they come from. We hold no bias against the people who got their pups from breeders or pet stores. Some of our own dogs are not rescues and there are benefits to purchasing a dog as well. We wanted to share the importance of rescuing with people and how beneficial it can be as we always support local animal shelters and recognize the many unfortunate animals that need homes.
As reported by the Humane Society of the United States, there are 2.7 million animals euthanized in the United States that were eligible for adoption. It is tragic that the animals are euthanized, but shelters are filling up and they have no more room to take in strays or surrendered animals. Of course it would not be possible to save every dog, though we may want to, but it is possible to make a difference in the animal's life and your life. You could save a life by rescuing. There are many great dogs on death row because no one will commit to adopting them. Each dog rescued is a life saved.
In addition to saving a life, you can also help other dogs. The adoption fees for the animals go to the shelter so other dogs can live comfortably until their adoption fee. Save one life, help many more!
It also costs less to adopt an animal. Buying a dog can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Adoption fees are less than what you would pay when buying a dog, plus you get added bonuses when adopting an animal!
Through rescuing you can also get a healthy dog that's ready for a home. Many shelters vaccinate, fix, and microchip their animals and ensure they are ready for a home before they're eligible for adoption. You also have a higher chance of knowing more about your dog when adopting. The people who work at the shelter get to know the dogs and can learn a large amount about their personalities. You can get a great dog at a shelter. Many dogs are already house trained and have experience with families and basic commands. It is easy to find a great dog through a shelter!
Another benefit is you can find your dream dog! You may have a specific breed in mind of what you want, and while it is not a guarantee that your local shelter will have the breed you want, there are chances that a different shelter may have one, or there may be a mix available. Many shelters post the adoptable dogs online, so through a quick Internet search, you may be surprised by what you find.
These are just a few of the perks of rescuing your dog. While we love all animals, there are many dogs sitting in shelters or on the street waiting to be in a great, loving home. Even if it is just one dog that is saved, it can make all the difference, especially to the pup.
We offer 10% off of our training services for any dog recently adopted from a local shelter!