Choosing a suitable dog
Are you searching for the perfect dog? Whether you want a sedate lap
dog or an animal that will be a good watch dog and a perfect playmate,
dogs that fit those descriptions are readily available. Here is a list
of suggestions and information to help you choose the right dog.
The present domestic dog is closely related to the wolf. Like all
wolves living in a pack, dogs must be part of
a stable family and feel safe. Most domestic behavioral problems
occur when the dog is confused about how to act in different situations.
Thus it is essential to train the little fellow how to behave at home or
when going out for a walk.
Anyone can get a dog. Often the decision to have a dog in the family
is based simply on seeing one or two good examples of well-trained dogs,
without having any idea of the hard work which has gone into getting
those dogs to be so well-behaved.
Over the centuries, dogs have been used for a variety of tasks apart
from hunting. these include retrieving game, herding sheep and other
livestock, guard duties, guiding blind and deaf people.
Nowadays, large numbers of dogs are kept purely as pets and do not
have any specific duties, other than being a companion.
Training is essential for big, strong breeds, but it is also
beneficial for smaller breeds, to improve nervousness or subdue
Many households are just not suitable for a dog. If you work long
periods away from home and there is no-one else at home while you are
away, you need to consider the potential behavioral problems that arise
due to the fact that your dog will be desperate for company. So consider
not just how the dog would fit into your own way of life, but how your
lifestyle would affect the dog.
Firstly, ask your self these few questions:
What type of dog are you looking for? A working dog or a dog to keep
as a show piece? Do you intend the animal to perform some sort of a
Would you be able to provide it with the space it needs?
The cost of keeping a dog. Would you be able to afford it?
Would you prefer to keep a pedigree or a non-pedigree breed?
Would you prefer a dog or a bitch?
The decision to get a dog for the first time can sometimes be made
without enough proper thought. Make up your mind first and then think of
getting yourself a four-legged friend that will serve you loyally and
keep you company throughout its life.