Choosing a puppy:
How to make the best decision for your family

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Choosing a puppy is such a big decision. Because puppies are so darn cute we sometimes can let their cute factor sway us into making the wrong decision when it comes to taking home a new puppy.

Puppies demand a lot of your time and attention. You have to be committed to training and socialization and you must be prepared for a little chaos and the possibility of some destruction around the house.

If you’re prepared to take on the responsibility of puppy care, then you have to do some research. Before going to a shelter or breeder, decide in advance what kind of puppy would be right for you and your family by answering the following questions:

  1. Do you want a male or female? (In general, males are more aggressive, dominant and more apt to be territorial. Females are often easier to housebreak and may be attention hounds).

  2. How much space do you have? If you live in a small apartment obviously a small dog would be more appropriate.

  3. How much time can you devote to grooming needs?

  4. Do you need a nonshedding or hypoallergenic dog?

  5. How much exercise can you provide for your dog?

  6. Do you need a dog that’s kid-friendly or pet-friendly?

  7. How much time can you spend with the dog? Some breeds need more attention than others.

  8. Do you want a dog that’s easy to train?

  9. Do you want a lap dog that you can take everywhere?

  10. Do you want a specific breed or is a mutt more your kind of dog?

  11. Do you want a dog that can protect you and your home?

  12. What kind of temperament do you like?

Choosing a puppy is a decision that will impact your family for many years so decide in advance what kind of dog you want.

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