Helpful Checklist When Getting A Dog For The First Time

Getting a dog for the first time can be both exciting as well as at times, intimidating. But if you do enough research in finding a breed you think has the right temperament and other important factors for your specific needs, you will surely be happy and will soon realize you have an ever growing/unconditional loving bond with him or her, a friend and protector for years and years to come.

Keep in mind also that there are some breeds that have the tendency to bark a lot more than others – mostly guarding and herding breeds, but also many smaller breeds which can be categorized as “toy breeds”.

Dog breeds that bark a lot include: Beagle, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Siberian Husky, Yorkshire Terrier, West Highland White Terrier (and most other terriers), Border Collie, German Shepherd, Australian Shepherd, Corgie, Boxer, Miniature Schnauzer.

Dog breeds that don’t bark as much include: Basenji (the only dog breed that is physically unable to bark), Bernese Mountain Dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Greyhound, Bulldog, French Bulldog, Chinook, Bullmastiff, Shiba Inu, Shih Tzu.

Please note that I intentionally called them “breeds that don’t bark as much”, because (apart from Basenji’s) whether or not a dog barks is also a question of upbringing and training.

You need to invest a lot of time during the first several months of owning a puppy to teach them how you’d like them to behave and to keep them from doing whatever they like when you’re not around.

You should be prepared to be around and setting the time aside that will be needed in supervising your puppy almost nonstop for at least the first 2 weeks of owning him or her.

If you just get a dog, even one that doesn’t have the tendency to bark, and leave them to themselves most of the time, you’ll be very disappointed in your dog-owning experience and this will result in bad/unwanted habits/behaviors your dog will be very disappointed in you.

Before deciding to adopt a dog, there are several more question you should keep in mind to choose the right dog for you. This list is just one of them, there are several more checklists:

1️⃣ What energy level should my dog have? Calm or energetic? Can I support an insecure dog or keep a workaholic happy?

2️⃣ Do I want a purebred or a mutt? The purer the blood line the more intense are the characteristics of the breed. Most people experience a mutt as more mellow.

3️⃣ Do I know enough to really choose the right dog for me? Do I know the alternatives? Do I know the characteristics of the breed I chose?

4️⃣ Can I provide the right environment, the proper amount of time, and the appropriate stimulation to fulfill those inborn breed-related needs? Do my social obligations (like work, family, membership in any organization) prevent me from caring for my dog?

5️⃣ Do I have a plan for my dog during vacations and/or work travel?

6️⃣ Do I have a stable income to support a dog? In addition to dog food, you also need money for regular veterinary care, emergency veterinary care as result of an accident or illness, licensing or taxes (depending on where you live), regular grooming (depending on the breed), training classes, and many more.

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