Choosing Your Dog – Creektee Dog Blog

They say a dog is man’s best friend and just as we chose our friends wisely, you should do the same when choosing your dog. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, breeds and temperaments.

Why do you want a dog?

Start by asking yourself why you want a dog. This will be the first step in choosing your breed.

What is the dog’s purpose?

Personal Companionship

When choosing a dog for companionship look for a gentle, non aggressive dog. One that will enjoy being petted, loved and coddled!

Personal protection

A dog for personal protection will need to be more independent. He should be attuned to all your needs and sense when you are in any sort of danger. Professional training may be required depending on the level of protection you require.

Property/business security

Dogs that are used for guarding your property or business must be more aggressive. After all we don’t want the dog to run up and lick the intruder! Mid to large size breeds are best suited to be guard dogs and they should have some professional training.

Child’s companion

If you want a dog to be your child’s companion you will definitely want a gentle dog. The dog should be able to obey the basic commands from the child.

Once you have found decided the reason you want a dog, do some research. There is a wealth of information online about all breeds. Find one that will have the best traits and temperament for your needs.

What size should you look for when choosing your dog?

This will depend on where you live.

Do you have a yard or will it be confined to indoors? This will be an important factor in deciding whether you want a small or large dog.

Dogs need exercise as much as we do. Having a fenced yard is perfect. It can run, play and get training from home while being safe in a confined area. If you don’t have a yard, are you able to walk it on a regular basis?

Are you close to a dog park, where it can be off lead and socialize with other dogs?

Can you afford to care for a dog?

Dogs need the same basic comforts and care as people do. You will need to be able to provide your dog with food, shelter and health care.
They can be prone to many diseases so it is important to keep them healthy. Regular visits to the vet and getting all their shots and booster shots is highly recommended.

Another expense could be grooming. While most dogs can be groomed at home some breeds may require regular professional grooming and nail trimming. This can be costly. Keep that in mind when choosing your breed.

If you don’t have the time to train your dog then professional puppy/dog classes would be another expense. Dogs need at least minimum training to keep them safe and manageable. Training for basic commands such as sit, stay and come can be done at home, however this will take patience.

Keep all of these factors in mind when choosing your dog. Be certain that you want and can care for a dog. You are choosing a family member and a life time companion.

Choose wisely!

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