by Sam O’Connor of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
1. Do your research & be realistic!
Think about your lifestyle, the environment that you have to offer and the type of breed that is going to suit.
2. Don’t just chose a dog because you like the look of it
whilst the look of a dog needs to appeal to you, their age, temperament & activity levels are far more important.
3. Your previous dog ownership is also important
some working breeds that are very mentally & physically active, such as Collies & Shepherds, are not necessarily a good match for someone who has never owned a dog before.
4. Start with a dog that is more relaxed
with less requirements, that will allow you to develop your training knowledge alongside them.
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