Choosing The Right Dog For Your Family

 

From Affenchons to Zulu dogs, purebreds to mutts, big to small, and puppies to seniors, there is a perfect dog out there for everyone. People often choose a dog because they “fall in love” with a picture, like the look and idea of a specific breed, or they’re sure they want a very young puppy even when their lifestyle isn’t conducive to fitting that particular dog into their schedule. It is our goal to not only connect our dogs to devoted families, it’s our goal to make sure the connection that’s made is right for both the dog and the family. That means being honest with our potential adopters by presenting everything we learn about our rescues to families, as well as evaluating the potential adopter’s wishes, needs and lifestyle in order to make sure we have a successful adoption.

We pride ourselves on making the right connection between dog and family in order to give our dogs their final, joyful, loving home and working with adoptive families to ensure a smooth transition.

In addition to the size of a dog and amount of shedding/slobbering you can tolerate, there are many other things you need to carefully consider when adding a dog to your family, including:

  • Energy level – are you the athletic/active/outdoorsy who can ensure your dog gets a lot of exercise or are you looking for a dog that is playful but doesn’t have an excess of energy to burn?  A high energy dog that doesn’t get enough exercise or mental stimulation can become destructive without an appropriate outlet for that energy.
  • The size and type of home you have – if you have a small home where houses are close together, live in an apartment/condo/townhouse, you will want to consider how vocal a dog is or is likely to become to avoid complaints from neighbors or issues with a landlord.
  • The age of the dog and your schedule – the younger the dog, the more often it will need to go potty. A young puppy isn’t for you if it will be left alone for long periods of time.

The personality and temperament of the specific dog you’re looking to bring home is, of course, the most important thing to consider. While you may be in love with a dog based on a picture and description, it’s important that your family (including any current dogs you have) meet and spend some time with a dog in person before you make that commitment to adopt.

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