When you finally decide to take the plunge and add a furry friend to your family, it can be a very exciting time. That being said, most people don’t usually go out and get the first dog that they see. Choosing the right dog for you and your lifestyle may take time and consideration to ensure that you will both be happy together. In today’s blog, we will dive in and talk about a few things you should have in mind when it comes to choosing what kind of dog you want.

Once you’ve chosen a dog and brought him or her home, the next step is to think about training. Luckily, Off-Leash K9 Huntsville provides professional dog training classes. Starting the training process early is essential if you want to live a happy life with a well-behaved pup, which is why Off-Leash K9 Huntsville offers puppy training classes to start your dog off on the right paw. As your Top Rated Local® dog training facility in Huntsville, we are proud to provide you with a variety of dog obedience classes to meet your needs. Check out our classes and sign up today!

Choosing The Right Dog

In a previous blog, we gave you a few tips on things you should consider before you dive head first into getting a dog. Factors, such as time and energy, your living space, and the climate, are all important things to consider. We will continue to talk about a few more factors that you may want to keep in mind when it comes time to choose your new best friend.

Your Lifestyle

One of the factors we previously mentioned was energy. You wouldn’t want to keep a dog with a lot of energy cooped up in a tiny living space. That being said, it’s also important to think about your lifestyle and how your dog will fit into your daily routine. For example, if you like to run or you live in an area where you typically spend a lot of time outside exploring, a dog with a lot of energy may be a good fit, especially if you plan on taking him or her with you everywhere you go. In this scenario, it doesn’t matter if the size of your living space isn’t ideal because you will most likely spend a lot of time outdoors.

Purebred vs. Mixed

Once you have an idea of what kind of temperament and energy level you are looking for in a dog, do some research to find out what type of dog will best fit those qualities. Chances are, you will come across a few breeds that match. From there, you have to decide if you want a dog that is a purebred or mixed breed. There are benefits to both, such as personality, health, or behavior.

Visit A Shelter

If you have an idea on the type or types of dogs that you want to adopt, visit a local shelter to see what dogs they have available for adoption. Most shelters have pictures online of adoptable dogs, so you may not even have to leave your living room! Browse the options and ask for more information on a dog that you like, or go see him or her in person to see if you get along.

After you adopt your new furry best friend, don’t forget to start training. For more information and a list of classes, visit Off-Leash K9 Huntsville today!