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Choosing The Right Dog For Your Lifestyle

Aug 17, 2007
There is a lot to consider when choosing the right dog for your lifestyle. Depending on your specific living situation, you will have several factors to consider before actually making a choice. If you have a family, especially if that family includes children, you will want to be sure your dog behaves well around them.

A dog that requires a lot of one-on-one attention is probably not suited for this type of family, and should most likely be a pet for a single owner. Likewise, a dog that likes to run and play and responds well to different personality types may work out well in a family with children.

Before you decide on a dog, examine your own lifestyle and find a dog that will match. If you live alone in a small apartment, adopting a large dog might not be a good idea because he or she would not be able to get the much needed exercise in an open environment.

Likewise, small dogs are not often good as outside pets, and much prefer being indoors with the owner or rest of the family. If, however, you have a family of four and are looking for a dog that will match your active lifestyle, a bigger dog might be right for you.

Important factors to consider when choosing the right dog to fit your lifestyle include: the size of the dog, his or her exercise requirements, whether or not he o she is friendly, his or her assertiveness, and compatibility with children. Also, being a responsible dog owner is just as important to how well your dog reacts to your lifestyle.

If you do not have a lot of time to spend with your dog, do not choose that requires constant attention. If you do not have time to spend with a dog at all, you should reconsider your decision. Dogs need just as much attention as do people, and it is crucial that they are treated well.

Learn about different mixes and breeds and which types will suite various lifestyles. This is just as important as choosing the right animal because certain breeds are great for children, while others are better for those who are single. It can be a difficult decision, but one that will bring you pleasure for years to come.

Choosing the right dog will provide you with years of constant companionship, and add another member to your ever-growing family.
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