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Pick Of The Litter: Choosing The Right Pup For You

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

You may want a pug, he a German Shepherd, and the best choice for you may be an English Terrier.

Experts agree that while most couples base their decision on which pooch they pick out on visual appeal and perception, there’s a lot more to becoming a pet parent that you’ve given careful consideration to.

Experts note that before reaching a decision you should get an education about the type of dog you are considering. Learn as much as you can about the pooch and all it’s demands and responsibilities.

This will not only prepare you (and your family) for what’s ahead, but will discourage your from making the “wrong” decision (for both you and the pet) and from having to potentially decide on giving away or back to the shelter your beloved family pet.

Another suggested method of finding the right pooch for you is allowing the pet to choose. Instead of going to the shelter looking for a dog that appeals to you (and your entire family), go in with an open mind and note which pup (or pooch) pays particular attention to you.

Once you bring your “baby” home, allow some time and room for adjustment (on both your parts)

Professionals point out that just like you need time to assess the situation and tailor your schedule around your new obligation and responsibility, your dog, may also need time to adapt and adjust and may even experience some separation anxiety, even in his wonderful and loving new home.

Remember, most shelter dogs, though not problematic, have been abandoned at least twice (by previous owners who could just not handle the responsibility) and the shelter has become their second home and the “safest”, “securest” haven they know. So, anticipate that for a while your dog may exhibit some behaviors you need to be patient with or get some help for, but that doesn’t mean he’s not the right dog for you.

When you pick your pooch remember, the one thing he’s missed most and needs most is love. Once in a good home, these pubs promise to be excellent pets and family members.


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