We live in a world where people are more likely to adopt a dog. I consider that a good thing. There are so many good dogs living in shelters, and they are there of no fault of their own and deserve a chance at happiness.
But whether you’re looking to adopt, or buy one from a breeder, there is one thing that I feel is more important than anything else that you need to look into. It can be a make-or-break trait, and can sometimes be the reason dogs end up in shelters in the first place.
The most important thing you can do for yourself, and your canine companion to be, is to properly and accurately assess the energy level of you and your family, and cross reference it with how energetic of a dog you’re looking to get.
Burning off the proper amount of energy is the biggest causes of canine misbehavior. You probably seen that dog whisperer guy suggest that walks are the key to basically every problem. That isn’t just TV nonsense. He’s pretty correct here.
If you’re a pretty low energy family who likes to lounge around and relax, then a high energy dog like a Pitbull or a Labrador probably isn’t best for you. If you’re a high energy family that likes to get out and run constantly, a Pug or a Bulldog is probably going to have a difficult time keeping up with you.
It’s important you get a dog that suits the energy level of your household. Because if you misjudge this, it’s were the problems can start.
So be honest about how energetic your family is, and not how energetic you WANT to be. Your family, and your soon-to-be four legged friend will be a much better fit together.