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How To Choose Your Perfect Puppy – part 1

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Around here, Spring is springing to life!  The grass is starting to green up, plants are starting to emerge (as well as dratted weeds), Easter bunnies and chicks are popping up all over the place, and so are … PUPPIES!!

 

Is it just me, or does seeing all these puppies make you want one REALLY bad?  The case of the I wants is really hard to bear, but I already have 3 awesome dogs and 2 cool cats.  No more for me right now, but what about you?

 

Has the puppy bug bitten you?

Do you know what you are looking for and how to find the best puppy for you?

If not, you’re in luck.

In this 3 part series I am going to go over a couple of ways to obtain a puppy, some things to think about when deciding on the type of puppy, and how to get your puppy off to a good start.

 

First things first.

Puppies are tremendously cute, cuddly and friendly at the beginning.

They are small enough to handle when being naughty and it’s easy to laugh off problematic behavior, but what happens when the puppy gets a little bigger, a little more headstrong, a little more aggressive?

It is something you should really think about before taking on that cute little bundle of fluff.

 

 

Next up is your lifestyle.

Are you a couch potato? 

Do you like outdoor adventures?

Are you somewhere in between the two?

If you are looking for a certain breed, make sure you find out if that breed of dog will fit your lifestyle.

If you plan on rescuing from a dog rescue they often have dog matching services, or you could try pawslikeme.  Fill out a little quiz and they find compatible dogs to rescue in your area.

 

Some things to keep in mind:
  • Just because they are small does not mean they are couch potatoes.  We have a little under 10lb girl who keeps up with our Australian Shepherd without a problem.
  • Basset Hounds and Greyhounds can be couch potatoes.  Who knew?
  • Often, if they are built like a fox, coyote, wolf, or other wild dog, they will make a good outdoor adventures type of dog.

 

Stay tuned for part 2 where I will actually get into acquiring your new pup.

 

Do you have any tips on what to have on hand for bringing home a new puppy?  We would love to read about them in the comments.

 

Live, Love, Bark,

Jennifer

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