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Picking the Perfect Canine Companion

You’re ready to take the plunge into dog ownership. You’ve gone into information overload with dog care details; and you’ve bookmarked your favorite beds, toys, and collar/leash combos. When your new companion arrives, you’ll take him (or her) to your veterinarian Holt for a new patient exam and diet recommendations. Now, take some unhurried time to choose your canine family member. Read more about several factors that can influence your decision.

Lifestyle Logistics

If you bring home a dog who matches your lifestyle, you and your pooch will both be happier. Perhaps you enjoy hanging out at home, relaxing on the couch to enjoy a good book or television show. A small, even-tempered dog would jump at the chance to warm your feet.

Maybe you were born for outdoor exercise, no matter what the weather. You’d probably love a super-charged working or sporting dog, who would thoroughly enjoy life as your canine workout partner. However, these canine athletes require consistent physical and mental exercise. If your high-powered dog doesn’t get enough, he can channel his energy into destroying your furniture or house.

Health Issues and Behavioral Quirks

If you’re considering a purebred dog, understand that each breed has its documented health and behavioral problems. For a mixed-breed dog, research the predominant breed’s details. The American Kennel Club website provides well-rounded profiles on many well-known and rarely seen breeds.

Grooming Challenges

By keeping your dog well groomed, you’ll help him to enjoy a much better quality of life. While you can probably fit a good daily brushing into your schedule, realize that some canines’ grooming requirements go far beyond that. In fact, some high-maintenance dogs require frequent (and expensive) professional grooming. Decide if you’re ready for that ongoing commitment.

Breeder-Raised or Adopted Dog?

Next, where will you find your canine companion? Avoid pet store puppies, and dogs bred in owners’ homes; as these dogs often contract contagious diseases and parasites.

For a purebred pooch, call a regional breed rescue group first. These organizations often have purebred dogs ready to be adopted into good homes. Also, remember that animal shelters and rescue groups nationwide have thousands of adoptable dogs available. Through online searches, you can often locate an easily accessible dog who meets your criteria.

We can’t wait to meet your new canine family member. If you’d like professional guidance in choosing your new dog, make a appointment today.

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