A decision for life
A dog is more than just a pet - it quickly becomes part of the family and a loyal companion for many years. Therefore, it is important to find the right dog for your lifestyle and needs. In the following, I will give you some tips on what to consider in order to find the perfect companion.
1. Dog breed
There are dog breeds in all shapes and sizes, from tiny Chihuahuas to giant Great Danes. Each breed has its own temperament, needs, and characteristics. Before choosing a breed/mix, inform yourself about their characteristics so you know what to expect (most likely). Please don't choose your dog solely based on its appearance.
2. Age of the dog
If you choose an adult dog, you already know what to expect. You know its size, temperament, and needs. However, if you choose a puppy, you need to be prepared to accompany and train it during its growth phase. Remember that a puppy requires a lot of time and energy.
Consider your lifestyle when choosing a dog. If you travel a lot or have long working hours, it may not be the best idea to choose a very active and young dog. You will probably need support in taking care of them. Arrange for a dog walker or suitable dog boarding now. Having a dog will most likely disrupt your current lifestyle as they require your attention and have their needs to be fulfilled. It is also possible that they may bring along problems that you have to work on together. Are you ready for that? Often the idea of having a dog does not match reality.
4. Meeting needs
Make sure you are able to meet your dog's physical and mental needs. This includes daily walks, feeding, grooming, and training. Depending on the age of the dog and breed (mix), there may be additional needs that need to be fulfilled.
5. Breeder or animal shelter
Once you have chosen a breed, it is time to look for a suitable breeder or animal shelter. A responsible breeder will take care of the health and well-being of their dogs and provide you with information about the parent dogs and their health. An animal shelter is a good option if you are ready to give a home to a dog who already has a history. However, note that shelter dogs may have special needs and require more time and patience.
Finding the right dog is an important decision that should be carefully considered. For this exact process, I have put together suitable offers to support you. I am happy to advise you on which breed, age range, and energy level are suitable for your life. This consultation is free of charge!