Dogs Are Great Companions

4 Tips to Make the Best Dog Choices 

When you decide to adopt a dog, there are some very important points to keep in mind to make sure that you are delighted with your new dog.  These points can mean the difference between regretting your decision and having a wonderful new friend whom you will enjoy and cherish.

#1. One mistake to avoid is buying a dog on the spur of the moment.  You may see a dog in a pet shop, or read an ad in the newspaper, and decide that you absolutely must have that dog.  A hasty decision in purchasing a new pet is never a good idea.  Instead, you should read everything you can find about that breed or type of dog, learn all there is to know about them, talk to your family members, and then decide if he will fit well into your life and your home.

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#2. A second mistake is to underestimate the cost of a new dog.  Whether you choose an expensive purebred or a mixed breed, buying a dog is far from being the only cost involved.  Your dog will need food and other supplies, and visits to the veterinarian.  You’ll want your dog to always be in the best physical condition she can be, and just like people, they need a checkup twice a year at least. You need to know that you can afford this upkeep.

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#3. Something else that can lead to disappointment is trying to recreate a relationship you had with a dog in your childhood or youth.  You may be tempted to think that all dogs of this particular breed are exactly the same.  You can avoid disappointment by realizing that every dog is an individual–  just like people.  Your new dog’s personality and needs may be much different from the dog you had before, even if he is the same breed.

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#4. You should avoid getting a dog solely because one member of your family wants one.  Regardless of which person is actually in charge of the dog’s daily upkeep and maintenance, when a dog lives with a family he becomes a part of the family.  Only if you know that he will be welcomed by everyone should you pick him out and bring him home. 

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If you have never owned a dog before, your first dog can be a pleasure.  It does mean, however, that you need to do your research well in advance of making your final decision.  You must know what to expect, and that you are ready to become a dog owner.

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Before you actually get your dog, make a visit to the local shelter! Many, many dogs are given up to local rescues, shelters, and pounds every year. Often they are wonderful animals who have been abandoned through no fault of their own. Most all these dogs are in desperate need of a good home, and will need no more training than any new addition to your household.

Adopting a new dog can be a great experience.  Owning a dog can greatly enhance your life.  When you do some research and apply common sense, you are taking the first step toward acquiring and enjoying a brand-new and lifelong friend.

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With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty