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Author: Viva Pets
It can often be an agonising decision picking a puppy to share your life with. Undoubtedly, it’s an exciting time, but it’s also a decision that can be extremely difficult to make – particularly if you’re choosing one puppy from a litter. There are so many different puppies all in need of a home that the moment you start a search, it can be often be hard to know where to begin. Before you buy a puppy, read our guide to making that all-important call below.
How to Pick a Puppy That’s Right For You
• Before you zone in on a breed type, take a moment to think about your lifestyle. Are you a naturally active person or do you prefer a more relaxed lifestyle? You should try and pick a puppy that’s similar in temperament and character to you. Some breeds will naturally demand more attention, exercise and affection than others, so keep this in mind as you search.
• Nostalgia often dictates your decision-making process when it comes to buying a puppy. Perhaps you’ve had a life-long fondness for a certain breed as a result of experiences in childhood, 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’re agonising over what kind of puppy to bring home.
• Interaction is fairly important when you pick a puppy – so try and bond with a puppy before you buy to get an idea as to whether it’s the perfect match. 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 taking the time to play with each one will help you to make that difficult final decision.
• Finally, if you have a family, always try and involve children in the decision – as a family experience, selecting a puppy is hard to beat. 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 you opt to bring a puppy into your life.