If you are deciding whether or not to get a dog, you may thinking about what size will work for you and your family. Many people know right away or have an idea of what kind of dog they have always wanted and no research is necessary. However, if you are not sure there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on a dog.
Time. Time is essential to have a dog. Dogs, unlike cats, need a lot of attention and need to be walked twice a day. When dogs lack attention they get hyperactive and hard to manage. It may get more and more difficult to have friends come over because the dog is jumping all over them. It also is scary to have an over excitable dog around children because they might be thinking they are playing and pounce on the children and hurt them. Some dog owners that work a lot pay a little extra and send their dogs to a doggie day care where dogs can get the attention and exercise they need. This doesn’t have to be every daily but at least 2-3 times a week. Dogs are perfect for self-employed individuals that have the time to walk and give them lots of attention.
Space. Owning a large dog is a tiny space can be difficult. If you are thinking about getting a larger dog consider how much space there is for the dog to get around. A big backyard would be ideal but almost impossible in urban areas. Dogs such as malteses and pugs are perfect for city living where as german shepards and labs may be better for rural, open areas.
Shelter or Pet Store. It is always great to save a dog. Take the time and research all the local shelters and see what dogs are on “death row”. There are also companies that will bring the dog to your town. Say you live in New York City and find a dog in Pennsylvania, the company will rescue the dog and bring it to your area. Saving a dog will give you great sense of accomplishment and pride. You also will have a very grateful and loving dog to keep as a companion for years to come.