Every family has a lifestyle of its own and this is an important aspect to be thought upon before adopting a dog as one of the family members. Especially if there are kids at home, then a careful thought and planning should go into choosing the right breed.
The cost includes the purchase of the basic necessities like the collar, leash and food and water dishes, followed by the food, grooming and medication. An important thing to remember is that the larger the dog, the more are the expenses involved.
If you are looking for a large breed then make sure you have plenty of space for the animal to move around in. Small dogs are the vulnerable ones of being mishandled and seriously injured. Dr. Patricia Stapley Chase, owner of Pine Ridge Veterinary Clinic in Cobourg, says "With dogs, there is always a hierarchy, and the children need to be above that dog".
Energy level of the Dog
Active families who indulge in running, biking and other stamina-based exercises in their daily routines, must go for dogs showing higher activity levels.
'Do Not Disturb' Times!
There are certain times, when a dog or in fact any animal must be left alone and not be disturbed. A dog must never be intimidated while eating or sleeping. Small kids usually handle pets in a disturbing manner. Pulling its tail or legs, grabbing its ears or trying to touch its teeth make the animal less tolerant and thus more aggressive.
The 'Good Looks' Factor
The secret of a healthier and a shinier coat of a dog is a proper amount of grooming to get rid of dead hair and dirt. This practice can be a good way of building a stronger bond with the pet. It is a sign of affection and attention. The accessories required for grooming must be of good quality.
Some members in your family may have allergic reactions to dogs. For them, there are special breeds which shed very little. So, homework is a must for such people who want to own a dog. A test of allergy sensitivity can be done by spending some time with the chosen breed and to see if any kind of allergic reactions develop.
Some examples of hypoallergenic breeds are:
- Airedale Terrier
- Australian Terrier
- Miniature Poodle
- Scottish Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
Training of dogs varies with the animal's age. Training a puppy is more difficult, as he is new to everything - you and your family, its surroundings, and its environment, as a whole. So a great deal of patience and fair treatment is required for training puppies.
Older dogs, comparatively, present more ease when it comes to training. They can adjust their attitude and temperament, according to their new home and get friendly in a shorter span of time, if the right training programs are followed.
Adding a dog to the family is the most compassionate and lovable thing to do. An adorable friend for the kids and a faithful companion for the elder members; a dog always adds to the warmth and happiness of your family!