This is an informatioonal post for people that may come here looking to adopt a Doodle.

 

 

A dog will do his best to please you and keep you smiling. He will curl up with you when you are down and he won't hold your mistakes against you. He'll be your unconditional friend and will play ball with you as long as you wish. He'll forgive you for all your mistakes, sleep at your feet and want to please you. He'll do this, because you will be his master. 

 

However, a dog also relies on you for everything- from his food, water, shelter, leadership, exercise, grooming, to his training, veterinary care, companionship and protection. Know what you are getting into. Are you prepared to spend the next 10-15 years of your life taking care of your dog? That is about how long your dog will live. Can you afford the added expense of a dog? When you get a dog, it is a life long commitment, and should not be treated like a pair of sneakers that you can just "get rid of" when you get tired of them. Would you get rid of your children because you were tired of them wetting their beds?

 

Before you bring a dog into your home, think long and hard about it. Are you prepared for the responsibility? Do you understand dog psychology? Do you understand what makes a dog tick and what they instinctually need? Are you willing to invest the time it takes? Are you prepared to walk them every day? Are you prepared to train them?

 

What kind of dog should you get? Some people think a dog is a dog is a dog. There are many different breeds with many different needs. Honestly think about it and do your homework. Think about your family as it is right now, and how it will be in the future. 

 

Every family has its own needs, schedule, personality, medical problems, space and time limitations. If you take a good hard look at your family's situation, you can match a dog that will fit into your lives nicely and not just make things more awkward and difficult. 

 

Is anyone in your family allergic to dog hair? Are you bothered by hair on everything from your clothes to your toast? Some breeds are heavy shedders, while others hardly shed at all. Do you have children? Are you going to have children in the next 10-15 years? Do you have friends who visit your home who have children? Are you prepared to teach your child how to display leadership towards the dog? Do you mind holes being dug in your yard?

 

Regardless of breed, within each and every litter there are pups born with different energy and dominancy levels. You need to choose a dog whose energy level matches or is lower than your own. If your family is not very active, do not choose a pup with a higher energy level. If you are a laid back family, do not choose a pup with a higher dominancy level.

 

Some dogs need daily vigorous exercise and you would need to take them out every day for a run and a nice long walk, while others will get by running around the inside of your house. Some dogs need a job to do or they will become restless, bored, destructive and unruly.

 

Get the point? All dogs are different, and all families are different. Find a dog that fits well into your family, so you and your dog can live in harmony. Do your homework. Research the different kinds of breeds and take a long hard look at your life and don't forget, that cute little puppy does grow up to be an adult dog. 

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