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March 06, 2014

Welcoming a new dog into your family doesn't have to be an exhaustive task. However, with so many different breeds to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. You will need to choose a dog that you will be able to look after well, and will get on with all members of the family, imperative if you have young children or other pets in the home. You will also need to choose a hypo-allergenic dog breed if any members of your household have an allergy. Here are some tips on how to choose a dog, and what to look out for when welcoming this animal into your home. 

1. Choose the size of your dog

You will first need to decide between a small dog, or a larger one. Remember, that some small dogs are vulnerable and by stepping on their tail by accident can cause them a serious injury.

Smaller dogs can sometimes be boisterous, perhaps to over-compensate for their frame, so this will need to be considered when choosing a dog if you have young children in the house. Larger dogs will need more space to move around, so you should only opt for a large dog if you have a house with ample space, and a large garden.

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Regardless of the size of the dog, you will need to take your pet on regular walks, which will allow the animal to stretch its legs and get plenty of exercise. Taking on a new dog can be a big responsibility and you will need to dedicate the time to care and look after the animal. If you live alone, and are busy with work commitments, it might not be the best idea to get a dog, especially if you are not home until late. 

2. Choose a breed

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Different dog breeds have different personality characteristics, so you will need to choose a breed that reflects the members of your family. Spend time getting to know the dog before you commit to taking the animal home. You can visit a dog shelter or pet shop and see how the dog reacts when you are around it. Take note of how the dog is acting, and if it is barking excessively in your presence, or in the presence of your children.

Age is also a big factor when choosing a new dog for the first time. Remember, younger dogs need more training and attention, especially in the first six months.

So you will need to spend a lot of time with the animal. An older dog may be more placid, ideal if you have a family with young children. 

3. Consider grooming products and food

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You will need to consider the costs involved when looking after a dog. You will need to purchase dog food and grooming products, as well as other items to ensure the comfort of the animal. You will also need to factor in the cost of any veterinary bills if your dog becomes unwell or injured. An on line pet shop will allow you to purchase a number of items for your dog, including toys, food and grooming products, and can be a cost-effective way to purchase these items.

About the Author:

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This was a Guest Post by Diana Smith. Diana is a passionate blogger. She writes about a wide range of topics including home improvement. Aside from writing exemplary blog articles, Diana is also a great animal lover interested in topics related to pets. Useful information for this article has been kindly provided by Stefmar.
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  1. Wow that is so helpful tips for buy online dog.Really helpful tips.Thanks
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