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Choosing A Dog To Suit You

Choosing A Dog To Suit You

Before choosing a dog, there are lots of considerations to take into account. The longer you spend thinking about these issues at the beginning, the better your chances of  picking a dog who’s well matched to you. Having identified what you’re looking for in your new pet dog, it’s time to start trying to match up these personality traits with recognised breed characteristics.

If you are looking for more help and advice on how to go about choosing a dog, check out how to choose the right dog

The next step is to begin obtaining as much information as you can. Attempt to speak with genuine experts.If you require information on general dog welfare topics for example, its clear that you should speak with somebody from a reputable veterinary practice. Equally, information regarding breed characteristics should be obtained from an expert in canine behaviour. help from friends may be well-intentioned, but be wary of treating it as expert advice.

Its worth remembering here that in the same way that we have our own unique personalities – so do dogs.

Your dogs current behaviour will be coloured as much by his own experiences as by his breed character traits.
For this reason, it is strongly advised that you only take advice on this subject from a dog breeding specialist with a good reputation.

There are many more useful tips and helpful bits of advice on how to choose a dog at choosing a dog

Once you have chosen a a dog who you think may be the right one for you, ensure you spend a good while with him so that you can watch how he behaves and assess his temperament. Does he seem to enjoy the company of you and your family? Does he show signs of anxiety when approached?A detailed appraisal of the dog at this point will help you to form an objective opinion about him.The dog will still be influenced to some degree by his inherited characteristics, so try if you can to have a observe his family members also.

If you have gone for a puppy, ensure he’s at least eight weeks old, has begun his obedience training, and has been socialised.He should not seem anxious, or be stressed by human contact.

Its well worth doing the research and taking your time at this point to try and ensure you stand the best chance of picking the perfect dog for you.

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