Choosing The Right Dog For You And Your Lifestyle: What You Should Consider Before Adopting
Dogs are wonderful. They’re dubbed as ‘man’s best friend’, and with good reason, filling people’s lives with huge amounts of joy daily.
That said, when you’re looking for a new dog, it’s unreasonable to think that every canine companion is the right one for you. These creatures have their own needs, as do you, and both need to meet in the middle for a natural bond to occur.
You can’t always adopt a dog and force it into your own way of living. Different breeds have different instincts, behavioural quirks, or even subtly different biology. All of these things can influence the ownership experience.
So, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right dog for you and your lifestyle? Here’s what to think about before you adopt.
Many dogs are social animals that enjoy being around their owners as much as possible. That can be a problem, depending on your lifestyle.
While there are many naughty dogs out there, the clingy ones can be especially irksome – they’re not doing anything wrong, and time away from them can cause them significant emotional distress (which can sometimes even impact their health). Therefore, if you like your ‘me’ time away from home and without a pet in tow, these circumstances are worth considering.
The clinginess can’t always be trained out of them, either, especially if they’ve long been that way by the time you’ve adopted them. Additionally, cockapoos are well-known to be desperate for their owners’ time and attention. They’re a very popular breed, and some people love having a four-legged sidekick, but a different breed is recommended if you don’t want that from your dog.
Dogs can be insured differently depending on their breed and also your lifestyle. There are a few reasons for that being the case.
For example, some dogs can be more susceptible to certain health conditions depending on their age and breed. If you live in an area where many dogs have unfortunately been stolen recently, some providers may bump up prices too. Some regions of the UK may also have higher veterinary costs than elsewhere, influencing premiums.
If you have any doubts or concerns, visit petsure.com. They can provide you with a fair quote for the coverage you need, and they’re also setting new, more compassionate standards for older pets and those with medical conditions too. So, if you’re adopting, don’t be put off in that respect either – there’s always a safety net, and it can be adjusted to work for your circumstances in most cases.
If you have an allergic reaction to dogs, that will always be a concern for you. There’s no way to get rid of it entirely other than not having a dog.
However, there are hypoallergenic dog breeds – these good boys and girls are less likely to trigger allergies, or if they do, they’ll cause milder reactions. You can find lists of these types of pooches online, but counted among them are labradoodles, Afghan hounds, and different terriers. So, if you have allergies, you have options too!
Three indicators usually point to a dog being hypoallergenic. They are:
Reduced saliva production – Some (though not all) hypoallergenic dogs also produce less saliva, which is where many allergens can take root and be spread through licking.
Low-shedding coats – The less a dog sheds, the fewer allergens are released into the environment, which can classify them as being hypoallergenic.
Limited dander production – Speaking of shedding, dogs also shed dead skin cells known as dander, which can trigger allergic reactions. The less shedding there, the better too.
So, keep these factors in mind when you’re hoping to adopt a dog. Get all the necessary information from the shelter. After all, there’s a world of difference between mild allergic reactions and severe ones.
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