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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

Dogs are incredible additions to any family, but it’s important to choose the right dog for your family.

No two dogs are exactly alike. Some dogs are more energetic, while others are content to cuddle up on the couch. Some dogs require constant supervision, while others are strict rule followers. Some dogs need to be groomed on a regular basis, while others only need a bath every once in awhile. If you get a dog that requires more time or energy than you are willing or able to give, it puts both you and the dog in a bad spot. Not every dog will be the right fit for you or your family, and that’s why it’s essential to do a little bit of research before you decide to adopt a dog. That’s why our veterinarian in South Bellmore has come up with this guide on how to choose the right dog for your family:

Breed

The breed of the dog that you plan on adopting can tell you a lot about potential personality traits, health problems, exercise requirements and grooming needs, so it pays to do some research on breeds before deciding to adopt a dog. While breed is certainly an important thing to consider, keep in mind that breed isn’t everything, especially where personality is concerned. Most dogs in a certain breed can share certain personality traits, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog will follow suit, especially if they’ve gone through trauma or abuse in the past. How you train and raise the dog can also impact their personality, as well as how much you exercise them and how healthy they are.

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Activity Level

Dogs comes in all shapes and sizes, from small, yippy dogs that can fit in your purse to massive dogs that come up to your waist. The size of the dog you choose is an important thing to consider, because different sizes have different needs. For example, smaller dogs are more vulnerable and delicate, and if they are mishandled, they can easily get injured. Larger dogs tend to be tougher and can handle a little more tomfoolery, but tend to be prone to health problems and have shorter life spans. When considering size, it’s important to think about the environment you live in. If you live in an apartment or a home without a backyard, a bigger dog might not be the best option for you. Additionally, the size of the dog will also determine how much food they’ll require, so consider the costs of dog food when considering size.

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Nothing is more exciting than adopting a furry friend for your family.

Dogs bring so much love and joy into our lives, but for the sake of both you and the dog, it’s important to make sure that you adopt the right one. Breed and activity level are just two of the things you’ll want to consider when choosing a dog, and in our next blog, we’ll be going over a couple more. Please stay tuned for our next blog, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

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