Deciding to adopt a puppy is exciting, but how do you know what kind to choose? And should you adopt from a rescue group, an animal control center, or a breeder? There are a lot of factors that should be considered before you begin looking at dogs. It’s far too easy to be swayed when you are surrounded by cute little puppies. Make sure you understand your wants and needs first before you actually start looking.
The first thing to consider is the breed. Take some time to thoroughly research any breeds you are interested in, taking into account things such as size, temperament, grooming needs, yard size, and your family’s lifestyle. If you have children, you will want to focus on breeds that are known to be good with kids. If the puppy will be spending a lot of time alone, that needs to be considered also. Some breeds of dogs are more high strung than others and do not do well when left on their own for long periods of time.
Once you have chosen a breed, consider where you are going to get your puppy from. If you are thinking of adopting from a rescue group or animal shelter, make sure you understand their requirements beforehand. Many require specific information such as proof of residence, permission from a landlord (if you are renting), or that all family members meet the puppy before it is adopted. This is all done to make sure the puppy is going to safe, happy home where he or she will be well cared for.
When looking at puppies, whether at a breeders, animal shelter, or rescue facility, observe them first before picking them up. Watching how the puppies interact with other dogs as they play can tell you a lot about their personality. When you do pick a puppy up, move it away from the other dogs to allow for some individual interaction. Their reactions can usually give you a lot of insight into their personality.
Make sure all family members meet the puppy before you make your final decision. Your puppy should be a welcome addition to your family, and carefully working through the decision process will help make that possible.