Choosing Your First Puppy

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Have you decided to share your house with a new puppy? Before you adopt or buy a dog, make sure you consider your lifestyle and expectations so you can pick the perfect puppy for you.

New dog owners can avoid problems down the road by researching different breeds ahead of time. As one dog trainer notes, some pet owners mistake their dog’s high energy or restlessness for behavioral problems. But some dogs are innately energetic and need much more regular exercise. You should also consider each breed’s grooming and training needs and be sure to chat with your veterinarian about any potential health problems that put some breeds at higher risk. Never pick a dog on impulse or just with your heart- choose a size and shape of puppy that fits your home, energy level, and lifestyle.