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Re-homing dogs once you realize they're not a good fit is a real problem these days. So it's really important that you do the necessary work to make sure that the dog you're bringing in your home is the perfect fit for you, your household, and your life.

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Re-homing dogs once you realize they're not a good fit is a real problem these days. So it's really important that you do the necessary work to make sure that the dog you're bringing in your home is the perfect fit for you, your household, and your life.

In this week's episode, I discuss exactly how to match the right dog for your lifestyle’s energy as a whole. We discuss the importance of not choosing a dog based on their breed, but instead choosing a dog whose energy matches yours.

I start with simple tips to get you started and these tips should be kept front and center as you're going through this process.

TIPS

#1 - Don't pick a dog based on breed. Pick a dog based on energy and use breed as a guide for what you like

#2 - Fostering helps you make a confident decision that you've found the right match

#3 - Start following local rescues well before adopting so you can see new dogs available

#4 - If you know what kind of dog and temperament you want but don't want many surprises look for a re-homing situation so you know exactly what you're getting

#5 - If you a have kids, schedule a home visit or trial run and explain to kids the situation

#6 - You also have to match the right helpers, products, and services down the line. Matching doesn't stop here

 

Then, I dive deep into four important things to consider when matching the right dog for your life.

These things to consider are environment, temperament and energy, dog breeds and their needs, quirks and health issues, and then we end it with talking about the dog’s age.  (SEE BELOW)

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER -SUMMARY

Environment

-The dog is the right size for your surroundings & budget. Size of house = level of devotion

-The dog's size is also equivalent to how much money on food, medications, surgeries, grooming, etc

-Consider your climate and house situation. Do you have shaded backyard, working AC, heater, etc

 

Energy/Temperament

-Match your household's temperament with the dog (your kids and other pets as well)

-If you have kids, expect extra training and education (training for kids, too)

-Choose the calmest puppy of the litter if you're not experienced. Educate yourself on body language so you can read their language and adjust accordingly - check out episode #22 "How to Meet & Greet A Dog"

-If you adopt a timid dog, make sure you're willing to put in the necessary work. Timid dogs are not good for high energy houses

-Shelters don't show the dog's true colors. Give them a chance to get comfortable. Don't judge a dog based on their mugshot or worst day (being locked up)

-Use breed as energy level guide, but judge temperament

 

Choosing by Breeds

-Mutts have less health problems. Period

-If you want a certain breed join a facebook group dedicated to that breed and ask away! Don’t rely on quiz’s and blogs and don't fully rely on all of the details for each breed. Every dog is different

-Know your deal breakers or pet peeves and use breeds as a guide: here are a few examples:

-loud breathing, drool, teary eyes.. Short nosed dogs

-barking, marking territories - small dogs

-terriers like to dig

-grooming needs based on how high maintenance they are

-Hypoallergenic dogs: shih tzu, maltese, havanese, tibetin terriers, schnauzers, poodles, brussels griffon, labradoodles, basenji, afgan hounds, samoyed, italian greyhounds (see more)

-High energy dog breeds: working dogs like aussies, collies, huskies, shepherds, terriers, boston terriers, goldens, all dogs without proper boundaries and a consistent routine

-Breeds that are linked to health issues: Boxers, Pugs, Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, Huskies, German Shepherds & more (See More)

 

Age & Needs

Tune in to hear about the differences in raising a dog based on their age. We discuss puppies, adult dogs, and seniors, special needs dogs.

 

 

Stay committed to your decision and respect the adjustment period that every dog needs!

Getting a dog is a huge life decision and the responsibilities that come along with a dog are commonly underestimated.

This is a great episode to listen with your kids, spouse, or anyone who lives in your home, because this decision is theirs as well. Plus, you want to make sure you're not the only one doing all the work, because raising puppies takes a village! 

 

 

Resources Mentioned:

List of hypoallergenic dogs

List of health issues linked to certain breeds

Courtney's online program The Dog Parent Experience

Other episodes in this MINI SERIES (ep # 19, 20, 21)

Courtney's Links:

Courtney's online program The Dog Parent Experience (First 30 days of Dog Parenting)

More episodes of the Thank Dog It's Friday Podcast

Dog Squad LA's Instagram & Facebook

Courtney's Personal Instagram

 

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"What To Do When You Can't Keep Your Dog"

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