How to Choose the Perfect Dog for You

What are you looking for in a dog?

To recap:

  • Do you have time to train a puppy?
  • Do you want a dog that’s already house trained?
  • Do you have time to walk a dog?
  • Do you have time to exercise a dog?
  • Do you want a dog that can run around outside?

Do you have time in your life to devote to a new dog?

All of these dogs deserve to live in a forever home where they can be loved and receive the care they need. Before you can adopt one of these dogs, you’ll have to ask yourself some serious questions, including:

  • Do I have time in my life for a dog?
  • Can I afford pet ownership?

Is your home suitable for a dog of any size?

Once you’ve made the decision to share your life with a dog, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into ensuring that they have everything they need to thrive. There are dog beds and crates, toys, treats and food bowls to consider, but one of the biggest things you need to do before bringing your new best friend home is to make sure that your house is safe for them.

Make sure you’re able to safely store cleaners and medications away from their reach – even items like bleach or mouthwash can prove deadly if they get their paws on it.

If you keep plants in or around the house, some of them might be toxic to dogs, so it’s worth checking with your vet on which ones could be harmful if ingested. You should also make sure that any garden furniture isn’t in a position where your pup can bang their heads on it or fall off it – especially if your pup has short legs!

Do you have children?

You also need to consider how much time you will have to spend training your new dog. New dogs often require some extra training. Dogs are typically not born potty trained or knowing basic obedience commands, so choosing a breed that needs less training is usually the best choice for families with children, especially young children. Training a dog can be very time consuming, but it can also be fun! You and your kids can bond over learning how to train your new pup.

Dogs are great family pets, but they do require care and attention from their families in order to stay healthy and happy. While every dog deserves love and affection, some breeds are better for certain types of families than others. If you have young children at home, it’s best to choose a low-energy breed such as a labrador retriever or golden retriever since these breeds generally don’t require much exercise (they tend to sleep all day). If you have older kids who want an active lifestyle then consider adopting an energetic dog like a border collie or Australian shepherd because they need lots of exercise on daily walks/runs!

If you’re looking for more information on which dogs would make the best addition to your family’s home life style – check out our blog post: “How To Choose The Perfect Dog For You.”

Can you find the right dog for them?

A great way to know if your child has the potential to be ready for a dog is to see how they interact with other people’s dogs. If your child wants to play with a dog and their friends’ dogs seem to enjoy playing with them, this is a good sign. Ask yourself the following questions about your child:

  • Do they want a dog?
  • Do they want to help care for a dog?
  • Are they able to show patience towards animals?
  • Do they want to play with a dog?

Do you want a puppy or an adult dog?

  • Puppies (under a year old) are very cute and can be lots of fun, but puppies are also a big responsibility. They require constant supervision and training, so if you’re not home all day you may want to consider an adult dog.
  • Depending on the size of your dog and the size of your yard, you may need to build a fence before adopting a puppy or adult dog–if there isn’t one already. A puppy will likely require more fences than an adult dog because they may have not gone through any formal training yet.
  • Adult dogs can be great companions for people who aren’t home all day. Adult dogs have usually completed their formal training and biting is less likely at this stage in their lives. However, if you have children it is recommended that you bring them with you when choosing an adult dog to ensure the dog is properly socialized with children and that they won’t nip at little fingers or toes by accident.
  • It’s important to note that adult dogs may come with issues that are different from those associated with puppies (such as aggression towards other animals, fear or phobias). In addition, it’s important to know what behaviours/skills an adult dog has been taught before adoption because some adults will already know how to sit or stay for food rewards whereas others might not even understand basic commands like “sit” or “stay.”

What size dog would fit your lifestyle?

  • What size dog would fit your lifestyle?
  • Are you looking for a small dog or a large dog? Small dogs, like the Chihuahua, are good for those who live in an apartment or have limited space at home. If you don’t have stairs, you might consider a large dog like a Mastiff. But if you do have stairs, think about how much energy it will take to get them up and down every day.
  • Are you looking for a dog with a calm temperament or a more active dog? The Rhodesian Ridgeback is generally relatively inactive inside the home and is known to be quiet and even-tempered. However, these dogs need regular exercise outside of the house—they can become high-strung without it. On the other hand, Greyhounds are very sensitive to loud noises and tend to be reserved with strangers but can also run long distances without tiring.
  • Are you looking for a dog that is easy to train or one that is more independent? If your main priority is finding an easy-to-train puppy or full grown dog, look into breeds like Golden Retrievers and Poodles as they are both generally intelligent and good at listening to commands given by humans. In general though, keep in mind that many breeds are susceptible to separation anxiety so make sure there will be someone around most of the time!

What activity level are you expecting from your dog?

Keep in mind that every dog has its own individual habits and needs. But, generally speaking, dogs are active creatures. While you may adopt a dog with a mellow disposition who’s happy to sleep all day, it’s likely that your new dog will have some energy to burn.

So ask yourself: how much time do I have to play with my new pup? Do I need a dog who is happy just lazing around the house, or do I want a dog who is ready for adventures anytime of the day?

If you choose an active pooch but don’t plan on exercising him regularly, you might end up returning your newly adopted friend to the shelter within a few weeks because of destructive behavior. This happens more often than you would think! Dogs need exercise not only as an outlet for their energy but also as mental stimulation. If they aren’t getting enough attention and activity throughout the day, they tend to find their own ways to entertain themselves—like chewing up your shoes or digging holes in the yard.

What’s going on with my dog? A guide to dog behaviour.

Dogs can’t speak to us in English, but they do communicate with us through their body language and behaviours. Their facial expressions, the movements of their tail and paws, as well as where they choose to place themselves in relation to you are all signs that your dog is trying to tell you something.

There are many books and articles written about what dogs’ behaviors mean. One such article is A Dog’s Body Language: Eyebrows, Jaw and Mouth by Sue Alexander at ( This article gives a very detailed breakdown of how dogs use subtle changes in their faces to convey emotions like anger, frustration or fear. It also has great advice on what humans can do when they see these behaviors so that they don’t escalate into something dangerous or unpleasant for anyone involved!

“A Dog’s Body Language” is a helpful guide for understanding how your dog communicates through their body language and behavior…but it’s not the only one! Another great resource (that I learned from!) comes from Lindsay Stordahl at ( This guide offers some insights into some specific behaviors like lip licking vs baring teeth that I didn’t learn from reading “A Dog’s Body Language.”

To be honest this topic could go on forever because there are so many different ways our canine companions communicate with us! But between these two resources you should have enough information to understand almost anything your pup does for now 😉

How much do dogs cost to own and care for?

  • We love dogs and want to help you find the perfect match.
  • Dogs are amazing, but they’re also a big responsibility. Choosing the right dog for you is important!
  • On this blog you can find information about different breeds of dog and how to choose one that’s right for your lifestyle and family.

Let’s get started!

Adoption centers can help people choose the right dogs for them.

Adoption centers can be a key resource in your search for the perfect pooch. Not only do they give you a chance to meet the dogs and get to know their personalities, but adoption workers can also help match you with a canine friend who suits your lifestyle and family situation.

For example, if there’s an older dog who’s available for adoption, the adoption center staff may ask you how often you work, whether you have children or other pets at home, and what kind of activities you like to do with your pets. That way, they can recommend a dog who would be best able to fit into your life.

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