Analyze Your Lifestyle
It’s easy to get excited about the prospect of adopting a dog, but it’s important to take your time and choose an animal that is well-suited for your lifestyle. Your local animal shelter or rescue organization may have dozens of dogs available for adoption, but if you’ve only got a tiny one-bedroom apartment and work 10 hours a day, you shouldn’t consider big breeds with high energy levels—unless you’re planning to hire a dog walker or sitter. In addition, be sure to take in the following:
- Time: How much time do you have available on a daily basis for walking, playing with, and interacting with your pet? Do you have any out-of-town commitments or frequent travel plans?
- Space: What kind of living space are you currently in? Do you live in an apartment or house? Does it have outdoor space (like a yard) where your dog can play and run around?
- Money: Are you able to afford all of the accessories (beds, crates/gates, toys) that come along with owning a dog? Are there any existing medical issues (i.e., allergies) that will require extra attention and money spent on medications?
- Training: Are you willing to dedicate time each day toward training your dog basic manners (sit/stay/come)? It’s not uncommon for adopted dogs to require additional training before being fully potty trained.
Consider Your Personality
The next thing to consider is your personality. This may seem obvious, but a lot of people want a dog based on their looks, or they like the idea of having a particular breed without knowing what that means in practice. Some considerations for this include:
- What do you use the internet for? Do you use it for work, or for fun? If you’re not using it very much at all, maybe you need an extra high-energy dog to tire yourself out. If you’re on the internet all day, maybe you need a lower energy dog to reduce your screen time and bring some balance into your life.
- Are you an active person? Do you like going outside and doing things with family and friends? Or do you prefer staying inside and playing video games by yourself? If the latter describes you more than the former, then perhaps one of the lower energy dogs would be best suited to your lifestyle.
A dog’s energy level is one of the most important features to match up with its owner’s energy.
Your first step to adopting the right dog is to think about your own energy level. Ask yourself how active you are and what kind of lifestyle you lead. For example, if you’re physically very active and enjoy going on runs or hikes, then you might want a dog that also likes to be more active and has lots of energy in order to keep up with you. On the other hand, if your lifestyle is more sedentary and less physically demanding, then it might be better for you to adopt a dog that needs less exercise but matches your level of activity.
What amount of grooming are you interested in?
This question is important because the amount of grooming your dog will need depends on a few factors:
- how much shedding they do
- how long their hair is
- how active they are (the more activity, the more likely they’ll get dirty)
- if their hair is straight or curly.
Long haired dogs tend to need daily grooming, whereas short haired dogs may only need a monthly trip to the groomer’s. In terms of brushing, some dogs require daily brushing and others can be brushed once or twice a week. A good rule of thumb is that if you see hair on the floor after petting your dog, it’s time for a brushing. Some dogs also need regular bathing, which can be weekly or monthly depending on how often they get dirty. If your dog enjoys being outside and rolling in mud every chance he gets, you’re likely going to want to bathe him more frequently than a dog who spends most of his days inside with you. Remember that even though bathing frequency varies from breed to breed, all groomers recommend bathing your pup at least once a month! Lastly, some breeds also require regular nail trimming; otherwise their nails can grow too long and become painful for them when they walk around on hard surfaces like concrete floors.
The best place to find your ideal pet companion is through rescue organizations.
There are so many benefits to adopting a dog versus buying one. Not only is it less expensive, but it opens you up to the incredible world of rescue organizations, which can help you find your ideal match.
Most people don’t realize just how many dogs need forever homes. Rescues have so much inside information about a dog’s personality (most have been in foster care with a family) and can accurately match you with the right pet companion. Even if you’re not sure what kind of dog would be best for your lifestyle, there are experts at these organizations who know exactly how to find out.
Doing some research before you adopt a new dog will help you narrow down the best matches for your lifestyle and personality
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But when it comes to finding the right dog for your lifestyle, there are a few things you should know before you adopt:
How much time do you spend at home?
If you have a job that requires you to travel or be away from home for long periods of time, it’s important to find a dog who can handle being on their own. If you’re gone for eight or more hours at a time, consider getting an older dog, as puppies and younger dogs will need more attention and frequent potty breaks.
What kind of activity level do you have?
If you’re looking for a running companion, we’ve got dogs that can keep up with the best of them! But if you live in a studio apartment and don’t spend much time outside, an active dog may not be a good match for your lifestyle.
How much space do you have?
Consider how much space your new dog will have to roam, both indoors and outdoors. Smaller dogs do great in apartments while larger dogs need plenty of room to run and play. If your living situation becomes too cramped over time, are there other family members or friends who could take the dog in until
In this blog, we’re going to talk you through the process of adopting a dog.
In our last post, we talked about what to do after you get home with your new dog. In this post, we’ll discuss how to find the right dog for you and your lifestyle.
We’ve all seen adorable dogs on social media—I mean, how cute is this pup?—but just because it’s cute doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for your home or family. Smart dogs might not be as playful as their less intelligent counterparts, but they might be easier to train and better housemates overall. Similarly, while you may want a larger dog that looks imposing, they may require more space than small dogs.
The goal here is to find a dog who’s compatible with the way you live now. For example: If you have a small apartment and work long hours at the office, it might not be a good idea to get an energetic breed of dog that needs lots of exercise and attention. They could end up being bored and lonely in your small apartment while you’re working long hours at the office.
Similarly, if you have young children at home or plan on having kids in the future, ask yourself whether you’d prefer an active dog
We are thrilled that you’re considering adopting a dog! Dogs make great companions and can bring so much joy and love into your life. But before you adopt, there are some things you need to consider.
Every dog is different: each has its own personality, its own likes and dislikes, its own needs and preferences. If you want to be sure that you’re getting the right dog for your lifestyle and your family, it’s important to find a dog whose personality matches well with yours.
To do that, here are some questions to ask yourself:
What type of personality does the dog have? Is it playful? Laid-back? Aggressive? Shy? What type of energy will this breed typically have (high energy or low energy)? Will the breed be good with kids? Other pets? Strangers? Loud noises or sudden movements?
How much attention will this breed need from me on a daily basis? What kind of exercise will my new pup need on a regular basis (daily walks, multiple long walks/runs per day, lots of playtime in the backyard)? How much time do I have to devote to my new dog—will I be home all day or gone most of the day working/running errands/etc.?
Adopting a dog is a decision that should not be taken lightly. You are welcoming a new member into your family and you want to make sure you end up with the right dog for you. There are many factors to consider when choosing a breed, and once you have narrowed down your options, there are many other considerations to make before bringing your new pet home.
When making the decision, it is important to think about how much time you will have to spend with the dog. If your schedule is hectic and you travel frequently, it might not be ideal to adopt a dog that requires constant attention, or one that can’t be left by itself for long periods of time. A good starting point would be to determine how often you will be able to take your dog out for walks, or if someone else in your household can help out if necessary.
The next thing to think about is how much space you have in your home and yard. If you live in an apartment, then certain breeds may not work as well as others. Toy breeds like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers require very little space and exercise, whereas larger dogs like German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers need more room to roam around. It’s also important to consider whether
Why not just go to the pet store and pick out a puppy? Well, for starters, pet stores are often the go-to for puppy mills. Puppy mills house dogs in terrible conditions, and when they die of old age or disease (or are otherwise no longer useful), they breed dogs with their siblings, cousins, parents—you get the picture.
Adopting from a shelter is a good way to ensure that you’re getting a healthy dog that isn’t inbred.
On top of that, shelters are full of all kinds of dogs that can be hard to find anywhere else: mixed breeds, seniors, and those with special needs.
If you’ve decided to adopt a dog, what next? Start by thinking about what kind of dog would be best for your lifestyle. Are you active? Are you away at work most days? Do you have children? The answers to these questions will help guide you as you start your search!
No one wants to get a dog just to find out it’s not a good fit. And no one wants to leave their dog at the shelter because it wasn’t the best fit for them.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five questions you should ask yourself before bringing home a new canine friend.
Question #1: How much do you want your dog to depend on you?
Dogs that have been raised by humans tend to be more trusting and affectionate than dogs that have spent most of their time in the wild. They’ll also be more likely to stick close by your side while you’re out and about, rather than wandering off. If this sounds like what you’re looking for in your new pup, consider adopting an adult or senior dog—they may have already developed some independence and will be less likely to get attached right away.
Question #2: What kind of lifestyle do you lead?
If you’re an active person, you may want a dog that can keep up with your adventurous side. So don’t rule out an older pet—they may be full of energy despite their age! If not, there are plenty of athletic breeds available for adoption too—just make sure they’ll fit into whatever activities are important
We’ve been there. You’re looking for a furry little friend to add to your family, but you want to make sure you get it right, so you don’t end up with an aggressive dog that doesn’t like kids when what you’re really looking for is a cute snuggle beast who will be your best friend forever and ever and ever.
So how do you find the perfect pooch, then?
Take these steps:
1. Choose the breed that fits your lifestyle (and vice versa)
2. Consider which size dog is best for you
3. Know what kind of temperament matches your energy level