Picking the perfect puppy has less to do with how “perfect” your dog is and more to do with what dog you feel will be perfect for you. When you’re choosing a puppy, it can feel as if you are making the choice of a lifetime. What if you get a dog that you don’t like? What if your puppy turns out to be more of a challenge than you bargained for? What if it really has bad puppy behavior? How will you go about your dog training if it seems like an un-trainable dog?
Do Your Homework
So many people choose puppies that they just cannot deal with and drop them off at a shelter when “things just don’t work out”. Do not do this. It is cruel and more, it makes you irresponsible. That’s why it’s important to check out all different types of dogs before you choose your perfect puppy. Visit breeders of the type of dog you are considering, talk to people who own similar dogs and learn as much as you can about the animal you are considering taking home as your new buddy for life.
Know, too, that each breed of dog has a personality which might not suit yours so, if you are a quiet person and want a dog who will be quiet with you, then you need to look for a breed of puppy that will be happy to sit next to you on those quiet nights and won’t get too rambunctious. If, however, you love to run and play and will be happy to always be engaging the attention of your puppy, then you should choose an animal who is going to be happy to play anytime, no matter what.
Meet Lots of Puppies
Many people feel a connection with their puppies right away and will tell you that they got the perfect puppy because you felt it right away. You love the puppy behavior they are exhibiting. It’s really important for you to take the time to meet lots of different puppies so that you can choose the one that you connect with. Puppies are all so cute, so you will need to look past that and choose the one that you really feel a bond with.
Spend some serious time with potential puppies. Observe the way they interact with their “brothers” and “sisters” and see which ones are aggressive and which ones are quiet. You should also consider which puppy comes to you and notices you. Much of the time, puppies notice everyone, but there will be one who seems to see only you. This is the perfect puppy for you.
Be Responsible and Form a Bond
When you have found the perfect puppy, the first thing you need to do is form a bond with that dog so that she will know that you are her “person”. By making sure to get to know her and her personality, you will develop a relationship with her that is more secure than anything and this will help the two of you to grow together. Plus, when you get to know her, you are letting her get to know you and you will likely be building a lifelong friendship.
Truthfully, puppies are a lot like babies. There is no perfect puppy, but when you take your time and consider what it takes to have a dog that works for you, you can come that much closer to finding the perfect puppy for you.