Picking The Perfect Dog

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In spite of the title of this article, just as there is no such thing as a perfect human, no perfect dog exists The closest you can get to finding the perfect dog, is to choose one that’s best for you

1. Are Dog's Personalities Distinct?



What I find strange, is when most dog owners believe that their dog’s personality is distinct and unique. Sometimes, even if they own two dogs of the same breed, and perhaps even from the same litter, they’ll say each dog has a personality all his own. And off course, they’ll be right. Yet many of those same people believe that the breed determines dog’s personality. They’ll say things like “Golden Labradors don’t bite,” or “Pit Bulls are savage brutes.” And they’ll be wrong as well, Like that of a child, A dog’s personality is determined more by it’s owner’s, (parents) “nurture.” A Golden Labrador, depending on how he’s raised, will bite and be vicious; while a Pit Bull will be a gentle coward.
While It’s true that dogs of a certain breed may share some behavioral characteristics, (e.g., most Labrador Retrievers love swimming and are absolutely crazy about fetching a ball). There are exceptions to every rule, but understanding behavioral (as well as physical) characteristics, will help you to decide on a dog that will most likely be a great fit for you and your lifestyle. We’ll cover that later in the series.

Be Clear Headed When Choosing An Adult dog Or Puppy

Looking beyond the breed's characteristics and choosing a dog based on it’s individual personality is a very important, and often overlooked step in finding a dog that’s best for you and your family. Remember to keep an open mind about what type of dog to pick until after you’ve done your research. You and also your soon-to-be best friend will be so much happier with the results.

What is it to be, a puppy or an adult dog? This is the first critical decision you need to make before picking a dog. At all cost, give this some serious thought. If you do, your final decision may just surprise you. Most people don’t even consider an adult dog option—they just go out and grab an adorable, cute!, fun!, puppy. Just the sound of the word “puppy” makes people feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But, just maybe, you should at least consider the benefits of an adult dog before making your choice.

The habits, manners, and temperament of an adult dog of (at least two years old) are already established and easy for you to assess. Most dog rescue groups, adoption services, shelters etc., will allow you to take a dog on a temporary or trial basis. You can take him to your home for a few days to see if his personality is compatible with you and your family and other pets if you have any, what I’m saying is, you can find out if the dog fits what you’re looking for in a furry companion. If not, you can usually take him back. With a puppy, on the other hand, you won’t necessarily know what kind of dog he will turn out to be, because this will depend very much on you and the time you spend with him.

A Rescued Dog Has To Be A Constant A Labour Of Love.

Adult dogs typically require much less care, attention and training than puppies. An adult dog doesn’t need to go to the bathroom as often as a puppy. They are usually house-trained, and often know the difference between a chewy toy and a your favorite pair of shoes (often?). An adopted adult dog may be an ideal “out of the box” companion that is so well trained, affectionate and “perfect” that you’ll wonder how anyone could have given him up. But there is the possibility of the other extreme, as well. Each dog is unique. (Hence the importance of the temp adoption period.)

Unfortunately adult dogs are less likely to be adopted from shelters than puppies. If you actually want to rescue a dog, picking an older one is far more likely to save a life.
The key to finding a good adult dog is to take plenty of time evaluating his habits, behavior, and personality. Proper training can correct many bad habits and teach good new ones (yes, you most certainly can teach an old dog new tricks!); but sadly, not all bad behavior can be overcome.

A Lump Of Puppy Clay

A puppy, on the other hand, is like a lump of clay, just waiting to be molded by you. You can raise him to be your ideal companion. This, of course, presumes you have the time and are willing to learn how to train a dog properly as well as having the sincere desire to do so. But since you’re reading this article I know you’re one of those rare humans who realize what’s involved and are willing to go through it anyway—and that whatever pooch you bring home is going to be one lucky, well-trained, well-adjusted dog!

NOTE: Keep this in mind: An adorable puppy will become an adolescent dog within a few months; that adolescent will quickly become an adult dog that can live from 10 to 20 years. So when considering a puppy, put a lot of thought into the grown dog it will become, and the long-term commitment you will have to make.
All adult dogs were once adorable puppies, and all adorable puppies will grow into adult dogs.


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As Andre' Hartslief, I strongly believe, that In life, there are no justified resentments.”We the old legends will become relics and fade away, while new giants emerge in our world of sobering truths.

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author avatar Denise Larkin
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting article.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

Hello Denise, glad you found it interesting, thank you for commenting.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

Great advice, great writing, and great photos. Congrats on the star, Tranquilpen, and thank you.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

Hello Steve my Friend. sorry to read about the passing of your little furry friend recently, gone to join all our beloved pet friends at the rainbow bridge. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

Love that Chinese Crested!

Indeed there may not be a perfect dog but there is a perfect dog for each different person. Adopting a dog is great.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

Hi Mark, off course you would identify the Crested hound from China, one of their better exports and not too high maintenance being (hairless). Thank you so much for the star and your comments.

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author avatar Don Rothra
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

Nice work.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

Hello Don, thank you for your comments.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

This an interesting page, Andre. My little dog is 12 years old now and he has always been very nervous. I adopted him from the SPCA. He has vision in only one eye and I think that is why he has these strange behaviors. He has always acted very nervously around his food. He just keeps guarding it for hours and usually eats it when I am not around. I think his mother knew he had a defective eye and I think she would push him away, even snap, at him. I believe that if one of a litter is defective, that is what happens.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

I do believe, that you've hit the nail on the head that time, it certainly seems like it. That is what I am actually getting at, that although we can teach them a whole host of new things, we are often stuck with some of the bad traits. Thank you for reading Ivy.

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

Very interesting, my friend. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

You are welcome Buzz. Thanks for reading

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

You are welcome Buzz. Thanks for reading

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

so adorable this Andre...just love it...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

Hello Carolina, glad you liked it. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

A very interesting page. Made great reading

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

Hello Madan, glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Great page and information..thank you Tranquilpen...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Hello Delicia, You are welcome, Thank you for reading. Best wishes to Mike.

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author avatar Retired
28th Apr 2012 (#)

Great writing. The pics are so cute too.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you once again for reading my article.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
3rd Jul 2012 (#)

Little puppies make me laugh! I don't know it instigate some fun inside of me, like someone is tickling me!
Dog is loving and I fond of it. But it is difficult to take care of it. That's why I don't keep any. Thanks anyway.

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