the store holding your new pup, then the help comes … If this is a scenario that seems all too real, you have made some critical errors. The key to getting a pooch and having a successful integration into your family is planning. (We will get back to this later.) So with all the different breeds, mixed breeds, and designer breeds out there, what is the right one for you? Well, take a long look at your life style. Ask questions like: Where do you live? (house, apartment, condo) Do you have a yard? Is the yard fenced? Do you live on a busy street? Are you in the city, or out in a rural area and do you have access to parks or sidewalks? Do you want to get out and go on walks, or perhaps turn the pup loose in a field, or maybe just want a friend on the couch? Lots of questions!
Pick a breed or combination of breeds that fits your lifestyle and what you want to do with your new friend. For example, if you live in an apartment and have a relatively busy life, you probably don’t want to get a Springer Spaniel, Labrador, Beagle, or Great Dane. The Springer Spaniel and Beagle are hunting dogs and will need to have access to lots of exercise. Being confined to an apartment and not getting enough exercise could result in undesirable behaviors (anxiety, hyperactivity) and eventually, health problems like obesity. Smaller breeds, like Poodles, Pomeranians, or Chihuahuas might be good choices for this scenario. Now, if you have a house or bigger apartment and don’t mind getting out and Continued on page 34
Four Year Old Black Labrador Retriever Scharley and Dr. Heather Wood.
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