Picking the “Right” Dog
Big dog? Little dog? Long hair? Short hair? Personality? There are many things to consider when choosing the “right” dog.
“When looking for a pet, consider your commitment first and foremost,” advises Karen Fordiani, a public information specialist with Lee County Domestic Animal Services.
Next, think about your expenses. All dogs require annual check-ups, vaccinations and licenses, and many need grooming. The cost of food may vary greatly, depending on the size of the dog.
Of course you have to make sure that dogs are allowed at your place of residence. Check lease and/or association information, and homeowner insurance for breed and size restrictions. Additionally, if you are away from home for long periods of time, you might think about a cat or another type of pet. Dogs need a yard or nearby place to walk and exercise. Certain breeds, such as border collies and Labrador retrievers, need a lot of exercise. Breeds such as basset hounds need less. “If you live in an apartment, a large, high-energy dog would not be a good fit,” Fordiani adds. Be sure to take the pet’s age into consideration. “If you don’t have the time or money to train a puppy, try adopting an older dog that is housebroken,” says Fordiani. “My puppy went through a lot of shoes,” notes Brenda White of Bonita Springs.