What Should I Look Out for When Getting A Puppy?

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Most parents get their kids a puppy and may not know what to look for when picking one out.

Let’s look at a few tips to get you started when you are selecting the right puppy from there litter.

Tip No. 1: What canine is right for your family?

You need to ask yourself what type of dog is right for you and your family.

The best way to determine this is to consider different factors, including your lifestyle, the size and coat of the animal, how trainable the puppy is, barking, temperament, and the exercise needs of the pooch.

Your lifestyle determines a lot about the type of dog you should get.

Do you have time to train the puppy, socialize it with other dogs, and do you have the financial means to support it? These are all good questions you should ask yourself when getting a puppy.

A large dog will generally have more needs than a smaller dog. A bigger animal will need space and may feel cramped in an apartment.

They are more expensive due to more food being eaten, more supplies being needed, and may require more veterinary care than a smaller dog.

A smaller dog will be more vulnerable, though. He/she will be sensitive when it’s cold out and you will need to be mindful of this.

They can be a little cheaper because of less food being needed and may not require as much veterinary care.

Size is important, but so is the coat on a dog. There are higher costs associated with hairy coat types because of the grooming needed on them.

Be aware that a hairy coat will shed and will need brushing regularly, so you will need to understand the maintenance required of the animal before getting one.

Barking

Dogs that don’t bark may be perfect for your household; however, that’s not usually the case with pooches.

Most will make some noise and that is a factor you should consider when getting a pup. This can be a factor that’s associated with the breed of the dog, so you may want to do some research first.

It’s common that terriers and scent hounds bark a lot to broadcast their progress in chasing prey.

Shelties and collies were trained to bark to tell the sheep to get back to the barn and keep them in line.

And some dogs will bark if they’re bored so assess your own time and ability to take care of an animal.

Training

So you’ve found an intelligent puppy and think it may be easier to train? They may not be the case.

Smarter breeds — terriers, hounds, and northern dogs — tend to be tough to train because of their independence and intelligence. They want to do their own thing.

Dogs that were breed to be herders — such as golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, border, German Shepard, collies — tend to be more trainable puppies.

Also, you may find that an older dog from a rescue may be easier to train because the previous owner has already done the work.

Breed and temperament

Breed and temperament are categories that we can lump puppies into, but they are not the be-all and end-all to a dog’s personality.

I’ve seen pit bulls that were trained by owners to be mean; I’ve seen pit bulls trained by owners to be loyal, compassionate, and friendly.

How you train the animal is important, but equally important is the puppies individuality.

Some breeds — despite their temperament — just go against it and are nothing like “their suppose to be.”

That said, you should understand the breed you are getting so you are not surprise about the requirements for that puppy.

For instance, if you want a dog that lounges around and looks cute all day, you probably don’t want a puppy that is notorious for being energetic.

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