Primarily, yourself and your family should make a decision on which kind and age of dog you want to bring into your dwelling. This is not a decision to be made lightly and must be taken under advisement from seasoned dog owners , indeed, the shelter where you are aspiring to get your dog from. Dog shelters, quite rightly vet potential owners to be certain they have all of the appropriate credentials and facilities to care for a dog. By taking some advice from a friend or suitably qualified professional with great experience of pet ownership and all that it entails will demonstrate the shelter that you are genuinely dedicated to caring for the animal you are going to take home. Frequently rescue dogs spend a long time being re-homed and re-sheltered since their owners did not plan properly for their birth or did not look in the sort of dog that was likely to be acceptable for their lifestyle.
Larger dogs are often more lively and need more exercise, they are sometimes easier to train and they clearly will take up more space in the household. Their feeding demands are greater and they generally need tons of early training to construct a fantastic bond between owner and dog and to protect against any possible behavior problems like pulling on the lead or aggression toward other dogs. Smaller dogs tend to be less expensive to feed, do not need as much physical stimulation and are less likely to pulling on a lead or running away in the household. There are exceptions to the rules but normally it is possible to make an educated decision on how big dog that will fit in best with your lifestyles and family. The notion of bringing a new dog into the house is often more attractive than the reality.
Make a decision on the size of dog you are looking for. The novelty of owning a puppy should never wear off in precisely the identical way that the novelty of a new born child should last forever. Your dog will not ever get to an age when it can care for itself, move out and start a family of its own. You will be entirely responsible for the monster you are going to bring to your lives forever. The dog will depend on you for its every need – which is a really important responsibility. Make absolutely certain you know why you want a puppy and that you completely understand the value of caring for it every single day of its life. When you have determined the size and temperament of the dog which will be best suited to you, contact a local dog shelter and explain your situation. Ask if it is possible to have a look at a number of the dogs that they have. It can be, they tell you they have a perfect dog to fit your requirements once you have explained to them what you are searching for. Take the advice of the shelter staff.