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Things to consider before getting a puppy

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In deciding what breed of dog you should get, consider what you're looking for in your future pet. Is he going to be a fun playmate for the children, or is his main job going to be to accompany an older person on quiet walks? Do you want him to go jogging with you, or is he going to be guarding the house? After all, living together should be rewarding for you and your pet.

Here are a few tips to help you in making your decision:

The bigger the city and the smaller your house or apartment, the smaller your dog should be. A Great Dane, for example, would certainly not feel comfortable in a small apartment. Lively breeds require space and attention. They like to go out for long walks, to run around, to be kept occupied - and they need firm guidance.

Dogs don't necessarily need a yard to play in. In fact, they may soon get bored. Yards smell the same every day, and there aren't many new exciting experiences. It's much more fun and interesting to dogs to go out for a walk with their master. This way they'll meet other people and dogs, and be entertained by new environments.

In areas designated for off-leash dogs, give your dog the chance to romp around as much as he likes, playing with other dogs, and fetching toys that you throw for him.

Consider also whether you want a male or female dog (bitch). Males tend to be more dominant and self-confident, whereas bitches may be more affectionate and home-loving.

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