Which dog is right for us? (Part 1 of 2)
We would really like to surprise our kids with a dog for Christmas, but we prefer to adopt from the shelter. Do you have any tips on how to assess a dog's personality in a shelter type setting? I want to make sure we pick a dog that is right for our family. Thanks!
First, it is important to note that a dog is not an object or item to give as a gift. It is a long-term commitment that you will hopefully have as part of your family.
3 important factors to consider when choosing a dog for your family:
1 - Daily Schedules: A family with a very busy schedule should not adopt a puppy, which requires more time and attention.
2 - Activity Levels: An active family that goes to the park often or is athletic is better adopting a more active dog to fit their lifestyle.
3 - Personal Preferences: Dog hair allergies may limit a family to choosing only non-shedding dogs. Also, you may have a preference for a certain breed (due usually to previous experiences). The role your new dog will play in your family is also an important factor to consider when choosing a dog.