Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

Sometimes It’s Just Love at First Sight!

When choosing a dog, its great to do a little research. Learning about dogs in general will help determine what kind of dog you’re looking for.

Do you want a dog to run and exercise with?
Do you just want a cuddler or a pocket dog?
Do you need a guard dog for when you’re home alone?

Basic Needs

Dogs have needs and require attention and care.  Whether you adopt an older dog or bring home a puppy, you need to be your dogs leader. By making sure you take care of their basic needs, you’re sure to be a popular person in the household.  Set patterns for your pet to help him understand what’s expected of him.

  1. Feed him or her at the same time each day
  2. Go walking after eating
  3. Provide play or exercise time daily to keep them occupied. By doing so you’re less likely to have your house and clothing destroyed out of boredom

Right Dog- Right Space

When choosing the right dog, make sure you have the space for the size dog you intend to bring home.  If you live in an apartment, a Rottweiler may not be the best choice. Having access to a dog park for exercise or having a fenced in yard is also a plus.  Some adoption agencies actually require yards to have a fence to prevent accidents.

You probably know that different dogs can have different activity levels. Sometimes it’s determined by breed, but it’s not the rule. Be sure you can provide your friend enough activities, because if not, it can cause behavioral problems.

When selecting a dog, don’t always think puppy.  Yes, puppies are cute, but they need more attention and continuous training.  Adult dogs are an excellent choice as they are most likely  house trained and know basic commands. Senior dogs  are also a great choice as a companion for the person not looking for the marathon runner or frisbee player.

“Take a look for our Preventative Care Plans for all ages, it can be really helpful

A great source for learning more about both puppies, adult and senior dogs is Petfinder.com.  This online portal connects with most shelters and  breeders to help you learn more about your potential companion, his behavior, looks, activity level and any previous history that may be of concern.

Health Care Costs

Basic dog expenses can vary from $700 to $3000 per year, ask us about best pet insurance to save money.

In addition to basic feeding and walking, grooming is also essential. Making sure your dogs ears are clean, his coat is free of tics, fleas and is brushed regularly is important.  By keeping them clean and groomed, it will save you money in the long run, as they are less likely to get infections or infestations.

At Animal Hospital of Fairfield, we welcome the opportunity to take care of your pet and provide both preventative care as well as treat your pet for any minor ailments, chronic illness or surgical needs.  We are committed to keeping your pet healthy and pain free.

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”
Dean Koontz (author, Whispers)

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