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Posted to Behavior Help by Cindy Peters
Posted to General Dog Tips by Cindy Peters
People look for new additions to their families at all times of the year. Once you have decided to get a dog comes the hard part of figuring out what type of dog you want. I believe there are some basic items that need to be addressed before starting to look for a furry family member. Do your research and select the dog that has a temperament and activity level that matches your life style. Will you adopt from a rescue or shelter or purchase a puppy from a responsible breeder? Do you want an older dog or a puppy? Are you ready financially and emotionally to care for another living creature? Once you have the answers to these questions it's time to start looking for your new furry friend.
Most of the time one of the first few attempts work out, but it can be a longer process to find the perfect dog. I recently worked with an older woman to help her find a dog that would be a companion for her. The criteria she had was pretty straightforward. She wanted to rescue an older dog and the dog had to be brown. Since she was older and hadn't had a dog in years, I suggested a dog that had a lower energy level.
My client had done her research and really wanted an older golden retriever. She was at a point in her life that she could provide a really good home for a dog but wasn't sure where to start. An older dog and adopting from a shelter or rescue were her must have criteria. So we started looking at the local golden retriever rescues for a dog that might be a good fit. Unfortunately all the available dogs were young and too energetic for her to handle by herself so we kept looking.
After several trips to various shelters we found a 3 year old male bully basset at a local no kill shelter. We asked for a meet and greet with the dog. The client fell in love with the dog and wanted to take him for a walk. She was able to handle him on the walk without any trouble and she took him home.
During the meet and greet I apply some ideas developed from service dog practices. I watch the dog and take note of what he focuses on, who he goes to and his general manners. I always like to see the dog spend time near the person adopting it. When a dog does this, the dog and adopter form a very strong bond in my opinion. I believe this simple act is very important and have seen the dog and adopter become very close.
My client got the dog home and the dog became a completely different dog. This happens after a dog has had a chance to de-stress from the shelter environment. Unfortunately in this case the dog went from calm to extremely hyper and destructive. After several days it was obvious that the dog was not a good fit and had to be returned.
My client did discover some additional items to look for as she continues to look for the perfect dog. While she loves big dogs she really needs a medium size dog and one that has a more mellow temperament and activity level. She also has a better understanding of what should happen when meeting a dog for the first time.
Bringing a dog into your home and life can be a wonderful thing when it is the right animal for you and your family. Take your time, do your research, and be patient the right dog for you is out there. You will find it and you will have a great life together.
Posted to Health and Wellness by Cindy Peters