Kids Begging for a Dog? 5 Things You Need to Consider First! by Donna John
Thinking about getting a dog? Here are some questions to consider from The Humane Society!
- What’s your lifestyle? If you live alone in a small, third-floor apartment, for instance, adopting a large, active retriever-mix might not be the best choice. But then, if you're a runner and want a partner for your jogs, or you have a large family of kids who will play with the dog all the time, it could be fine! A dog's size, exercise requirements, friendliness, assertiveness and compatibility with children should all figure into your decision.
- Purebred or magical mix? Information is the key! Learn about the personalities of various breeds, visit with animals at the shelter and speak with an adoption counselor for guidance.
Visit a shelter and spend time with the animal, and then ask these questions:
- How old is the dog?
- How shy or assertive is the dog?
- Is the animal good with kids?
Remember, you’re choosing a pal for life! Read more about choosing the right dog for your family here!