CHOOSING THE RIGHT PET

How to weigh up your options when choosing a pet

Bringing a pet into your life is not to be rushed and a commitment made for the life of the pet. It is important to search with your eyes wide open weighing the many factors involved. These decisions can become somewhat overwhelming, and it can be tempting to just roll the dice, pick the most adorable pooch at first glance and hope for the best.

If this temptation grows strong, STOP…take a deep breath… slow down. Don’t worry. You can still have fun while also weighing the options for the type of Pet that is right for you and also completing the preparations needed before welcoming your new friend home.

The answer as to which breed or mixed breed dog is best for you is not an easy one. Most important in your search is to:

  • Know your needs and your family’s and consider future needs.
  • Be familiar with & take seriously the behavioral propensities of breeds you consider.
  • Be as objective as possible when you meet those adorable furry faces in person.

Whether you choose to work with a rescue, shelter or breeder to find your new Pet, working with a professional trainer whose experience with Dogs and Cats of all types is broad and deep will go far to help you in your research phase.  A well developed interview conducted with you by a pet care professional and a behavioral assessment of the animal will help make a more informed selection of Pet – see Assessments.  Too many animals are purchased or adopted then surrendered because they weren’t a good “fit” for their humans.

A SOLID BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT CAN TELL YOU THIS:

Be sure to realistically consider what is truly best for you and the animal. For instance, Puppies and Kittens are cute, but they are a lot of work and often times an adult Dog or Cat may be a better choice for a home with children, older folks or a very busy lifestyle. For this reason, adoption might be a worthy consideration for some.

WORKING WITH A BREEDER? ASK MANY QUESTIONS

With any new Pet there will be many matters needing your attention upon bringing your new friend home. The good news is the adjustment period can go smoothly and be very rewarding for all involved. SouthPaw sees this as an amazing time in you and your Pet’s lives.  You’ve done your homework, prepared the house and your knowledge base. Now you can get to know one another. There is always responsibility and work with any Pet. As with all rewarding relationships, it is part of the trade off to all the joy you receive in turn. Much like the rest of life, there is a balance. Having fostered many pets for rescue groups and adopting our own over the years, SouthPaw can help you through this exciting time with grace, understanding and fun.

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