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    How to Pick a Puppy | Dogs and Puppies

    Articlegeneral dog adviceThursday 07 April 2011

    Picking a puppy to take home and introduce to the family is likely to be one of the happiest moments of your life, but also one of the most agonising. There’s so many different breeds and personalities available on the market that once you start browsing around, it’s often hard to stop. Buying a puppy is a decision that requires a lot of consideration, so consider our thoughts on the subject below.

    Picking the Perfect Puppy

    When you buy your puppy, often your early thought process is distorted by nostalgia. Perhaps it’s fondness for a dog you had as a child, or maybe you used to visit a friend’s house where the dog seemed to take a shine to you, installing a long term appreciation for a certain breed. Much of the time, it is these kinds of thoughts that dominate when you begin browsing for that perfect puppy.

    These images might stir heartwarming memories and pangs of desire, but it’s important to remember that actual dog ownership is a whole different kettle of fish. Therefore, it’s important to focus on a puppy with a personality suited to you.

    If you live an active lifestyle and love the great outdoors, than you might appreciate an active puppy breed that loves nothing more than fetching a stick on demand. However, if the quiet life appeals, then it’s advisable to opt for a puppy from a calmer breed that needs only moderate exercise. Some breeds will also naturally demand more attention and affection than others, so keep this in mind as you search.

    Before buying, take the time to play with the puppy, obviously after seeking permission from the seller. This first impression can sometimes give you an idea of the puppy’s overall character and personality. Does it bite or nip? If so, it might suggest a tendency for hyperactivity, so mull over early reactions carefully. If part of a litter, picking a puppy can be even harder with so many different characters bidding for your attention, therefore playing with each one will help you to make that difficult choice to select one to take home.

    Finally, if you’ve got children, be sure to involve them in the decision-making process as it’s a wonderful family experience. However, as touched on above, it’s crucial that you avoid making any rash decisions on emotion alone when you buy a puppy – so make sure the children’s initial thoughts and reactions match that of your long term considerations before parting with any money.

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