You want to adopt man’s best friend? Fabulous! And, if you know how to choose your dog, that’s great news.
If you are looking for pure breeds, head to your nearest dog shelter. Pure breeds become shelter bound as some owners buy them for vanity and later abandon them. Alternatively, you could contact pet breeders who can give you multiple choices for pure and mixed breeds. Choose the bigger dog breeds only if you have prior experience with pet parenting.
Here are a few tips for choosing a dog.
Don’t trust photos.
Don’t judge a pet by its photograph. A skilled photographer can portray animals in the best light, hiding flaws in the shadows.
Go see where he’s kept.
It’s important to see where your pet lives. Just like children, pets are influenced by their environment in their growing years. His interaction with other dogs, health and nutrition, and hygiene and behaviour will be revealed in his natural surroundings.
Meet the pup’s parents if possible.
The dog’s parents show you your pet’s genes including whether he’s going to be scrawny or muscular, active or slow, and how he will be when he gets older. Meeting your dog’s parents is an easy task if you purchase your pet from a breeder.
Check how long your pup has been with his mother.
The amount of time spent with his mother will tell you if you are picking a secure and healthy pup or whether separation anxiety may be an issue.
Visually assess the physical health of your pet.
- Is he clean? A hygienic appearance is a prerequisite to adopting a pet.
- Is his skin free of fleas and ticks? Fleas and ticks mean extra care before you take the dog home.
- Are his eyes bright? Dull eyes could signal health issues, corneal injuries, or dry eyes.
- Are his bones sticking out? A malnourished dog will require some extra attention to get him on the track to good health.
- Does the dog have a pot-bellied appearance? A bloated stomach is an indication of health issues ranging from overeating, internal bleeding, intestinal obstruction, tumors, or even a roundworm infection.
- Does he have discharge from his eyes or nose? Discharge is a sign that there may be underlying issues like allergies, blockages, infection, nostril problems, or a cleft palate.
- Does it look like he has bowlegs? Bowlegs could mean a calcium deficiency.
Whether you choose to adopt your dog from the local pet shelter or purchase your new family member from a pet breeder, do take the necessary steps to ensure you are bringing home a healthy and happy pet so you have a pleasant pet parenting experience and your dog transitions quickly to his new home.