When choosing a dog there are many questions you need to ask yourself…
Can I provide the time for a dog?
Do I work long hours or travel a lot? If so, a dog may not be right for you.
Dogs need a minimum of 1 hour physical exercise daily. Some breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, Huskies, Border Collies and Beagles, to name a few, need more exercise to maintain being a happy and healthy dog.
Will the dog be tied? Confined? Kenneled?
It is not recommended to confine a dog for long periods of time. It is important to have a schedule and multiple “bathroom breaks” throughout the day. A dog should not be unattended for longer than 6-8 hours a day. If you work long hours consider options such as dog walkers, doggy daycare, or a pet sitter.
Should I adopt/rescue? Contact a breeder?
It is important to do your research when adopting or purchasing a dog. If purchasing a dog through a breeder do your research! Make sure they offer references and ask to meet the puppy’s parents (check temperament and health) and view the property that the dogs live on.
When looking to adopt a dog, there are many animal rescue organizations. Consider supporting local and again always ask for references. Make sure you have access to view the location that the animals are kept and ask the right questions about the history of the dog before adopting.
What age should I adopt?
Puppies require lots of work and attention! Be prepared to be up all hours of the night during the first couple months to properly house train your dog. Generally a puppy can hold their bladder for the amount of months the dog is, plus 2 hours (ex. 2 month old pup can hold bladder for approx. 4 hours. This ends at 6 months old).
If you’re looking for a dog that is housebroken but you have a busy lifestyle that the dog can enjoy with you, consider adopting an adult dog.
If you’re a senior or have minimal time to exercise a dog or have a small yard, then a senior dog may be the right fit for you!
Make sure to do your research on the breed before adopting, each breed is bred for a reason. Working breeds need a job and plenty of space/exercise. Sporting dogs enjoy hikes, long walks and swimming. Hounds can be more challenging and require lots of consistency and exercise.
Choosing the Right Dog for You