If you’re thinking about bringing a new dog into your home, there are several things you should consider. When selecting a dog, it is vitally important to take into account how that dog’s energy will harmonize with your own. The most important step is to take some time for self-reflection and to identify what your own energy levels are. Do you wake up early every morning, pound a power bar and a health shake, and go for a run in the mountains? Or do you take life at a more leisurely pace? When energy levels conflict, resulting frustrations on the part of both human and dog can create tensions and issues with dramatic repercussions, so take into account how your energy will affect your decision.
Adopting from an animal shelter is a great idea, but it is important to know the dog before you choose. The walk is an excellent litmus test for a new dog. Find out from the shelter if you can “test drive” the dog that you’re interested in. Take him out for a spin around the block and see how the two of you get along. Not only will you get an early idea of how you work together in a pack-oriented activity, but you’ll get a better understanding of his underlying temperament once you’ve drained away the frustration and pent-up energy he has from being in his cage.
These tips and more can be found at Cesar’s Way. Adpoting a dog from a shelter can be beneficial for both you and the dog. But be sure and do your homework – it will increase the chance for lasting happiness for both you and your pet.