Picking the “Right” Dog
Make sure your choice is a perfect fit
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.
Consider how much time you spend at home. If you are gone for long periods of time, you might want to choose a cat or another type of pet, rather than a dog.
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.
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.
Lastly, keep in mind that all dogs have different temperaments and some are better than others with children, visitors and other pets. Fordiani also says, “Be sure to give your new pet space, time and patience to adjust to their new surroundings.”