Matching Your Dog to Your Personality

Before you make the commitment to bring a pup into your home, it’s important to do your research and find the perfect dog for you. Too many animals end up with the RSPCA because their owners weren’t capable of looking after them. In this article, we’re going over some important traits to consider when choosing a dog.

Are You an Indoors or Outdoors Person?

Some dogs are happy to spend a lot of time outside. Bigger breeds like the Alaskan Malamute or German Shepherd are perfect outdoor dogs, whereas smaller dogs are much happier being inside with their owners. If you are worried about your dog shedding inside, you can choose a dog with minimal hair loss, such as the Bichon Frise.

This choice will be determined by the kind of house you live in, too. If you’re in an apartment, you won’t have the yard space for a large, active dog. It’s also wise to keep your landlord’s opinion in mind if you’re renting.

Choosing the Right Temperament

Are you looking for a guard dog? Do you want endless, excited cuddles or do you prefer placid puppies? If you have small children or other pets, finding a calmer breed of dog is crucial to maintaining a happy home. If it’s just going to be you and your dog, you can put the rewarding work into training a dog with temperament issues and getting them on the right track.

How Active Is Your Lifestyle?

All animals need a certain degree of exercise. Some dogs will even become destructive or depressed without high levels of activity. If you are ready to exercise your pup for more than an hour a day, consider the fun-loving Golden Retriever or the loyal Border Collie.

If you’re less inclined for long play sessions or you simply don’t have the time, you can opt for the low-energy Basset Hound or the docile Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. To keep your dog from becoming a nuisance to your lifestyle, make sure you find the perfectly matched companion when it comes to fitness.

Consider Adopting an Older Dog

Dogs have quite extensive lifespans and they can prevent owners from travelling or moving towns. They are also an expensive initial investment that only becomes costlier with feeding and vet bills. If you aren’t prepared for all of these responsibilities, consider adopting an older dog. Old dogs are typically docile, can be trained, and won’t be as much work and expense as a puppy. You’ll also be rewarded by knowing you have saved a life!

Training Requirements

All dogs need to be trained. It is a way for them to bond with their owners while mentally and physically challenging themselves. When you want to thoroughly teach your dog obedience, consider enrolling in a dog training course.

The breed you choose will determine the amount of training required; however, you can have fun and learn new skills when you become a certified canine trainer.

Get in Touch with the NDTF for Assistance

For more information on anything in this article or how you can enrol your new pup in a dog obedience course, get in touch with the experts at the National Dog Trainers Federation. Call us on 1300 66 44 66 or contact us online.