How to Choose a Dog & What to Know Before Getting One

Dogs are wonderful pets and will become a member of the family. There are all sorts of dogs to choose from, small dogs, big dogs,  hairy dogs, protection dogs and more. There are a lot of important things to consider before bringing a new pet into your family from breed type to preparing your home.

How to Choose a Dog & What to Know Before Getting OneHere are some tips on how to choose the right dog for you and what to do to prepare to bring your new canine friend home.

How to Choose a Dog

Dogs take up a lot of time and energy. Be prepared to spend a lot of time cleaning your pet, feeding your pet, playing with your pet, and cleaning up after your pet. Many people consider their pets as their children, and in many ways there is a lot of similar parenting techniques for dog children. Remember, that if you live alone and work 22 hours a day, then perhaps you should consider waiting before bringing a new pet into your home.

There are a lot of differences between large dogs and small dogs, especially in choosing the right size for your home. Larger dogs are
better suited for a place with a lot of outdoor space. If you do not have a large backyard, think about where the nearest park is located
before choosing a big dog. Smaller dogs are more suitable for apartment living, but this does not mean that a large dog would not thrive
in an apartment. Any type of dog you decide to get should not only work well with you lifestyle but also your home.

It is really hot in New Orleans basically all year round. Before you decide to get that really hairy, shaggy dog, consider whether s/he will
be able to adapt to your home environment. Also, don’t forget that some dogs require more grooming than others. Consider some of these factors
before choosing a specific breed or type of dog.

Everybody wants a puppy, but puppies require the most work when it comes to house training. They will have accidents, they will chew things up,
and they will require a lot of time and effort to be trained to overcome these problems. Don’t forget about older dogs, they could be the best
addition to your home because they have passed the puppy stage.

Remember a dog can be your best friend. But, like all friendships, you must work together.

Important list of things to purchase for your new pet:

1. Get lots of chew toys for puppies. It is better for your new puppy to eat his toys instead of your expensive shoes or dangerous chemicals in
your home.Puppies like to explore, everything, just like human babies, get your puppy locks on dangerous things.

2. Get your dog vaccinated and spayed/neutered as soon as possible. Bring your dog to the vet for routine checkups this will help extend and
improvehis/her life.

3. Get a proper leash, colar, or harness for your dog. They should fit properly, not too small or too big, to avoid harming your dog.

4. Get a crate. Many people and dogs have found benefits from crate training their dogs. It gives their pet a safe space where they feel comfortable.

We hope that some of these tips have helped, and remember to enjoy your new family member.