Bringing a dog into your home has a huge impact on your life. Often, families or individuals cannot or do not want to buy a purebred dog. This could be due to a tight budget, a desire to save the less fortunate, or the love of mixed breeds. Regardless of your reason, choosing the right rescue dog is essential to both your happiness and that of your new pet. Take a moment to consider the following decision-making points so you can choose the right rescue dog for you.
Assess The Living Situation
There are several aspects of where you live that affect the type of dog you should consider. The first is the size of your space. Big dogs take up room, simply put. The more people in your space, the less room there is for the dog. The smaller the space, the more likely you’ll be happier with a small to medium dog.
The second aspect of your space is whether you have other animals. A dog can be too energetic, aggressive or scared towards another animal. The best way to assess a dog is to either bring it into your home prior to adopting, or adopt only from a foster family. Foster families can share a lot about a dog’s temperament, energy level, and interactions.
The third aspect of your living situation is whether you have a fenced in yard. Energetic and curious dogs will need their own space to explore and run. This ties in well with our next point – that your time and energy are great determinants.
Determine Your Time and Energy
Even if you have a great, safe backyard for the dog to play in, it will need your love and attention. You must determine just how much time you are willing to put into caring for your animal. A puppy, for example, is not for the career-focused person. An energetic dog, as well, will need more of your time and energy than a sedentary dog. Consider that the energy level of a dog changes with age and should align with your natural self.
Look Into Your Budget
The most important thing that can’t be overcome except by some change in income, is the need for room in your budget to care properly for the dog. A dog takes food, toys, and medicine to remain healthy and happy. Consider this in line with other pets and how a dog would add to an already burdened budget. A dog will take many hundreds of dollars a year to properly take care of. Divide that between 12 months and you’ll have a pretty accurate picture of your commitment.
All in all, choosing a dog means considering how well it will fit into your lifestyle. You don’t, for example, want to chain a dog outside all day because you are not home. So, putting thought into the personality, energy level, and trainability of a mixed breed dog is extremely important. Further, it would be a mistake to overlook the energy level if you don’t like to run, play, and exercise a lot. Choosing the right rescue dog is not an easy process, but once you find one that tugs at your heart, be ready to adjust your life to fit it, not the other way around!