Wolf Methodology dog training videos - Course 2

Choosing Your Dog

Learning objectives

This module will help you:
  • Make a more informed decision when selecting a breed
  • Understand why it is better to get a slightly older puppy (11-12 weeks instead of 8 weeks old)
  • Consider the benefits of taking in a rescue dog
  • Identify the characteristics of a reliable breeder
  • Understand the differences between purebred and mixed breed dogs
  • Assess the costs associated with raising different dog breeds
Many people purchase a dog impulsively, often after seeing an adorable little puppy they simply cannot resist. In fact, this is probably the number one mistake dog owners make! However, you need to get the breed that is right for you and your family.

The best way to do that is to ask yourself the right questions:

  • Have you ever owned a dog?
  • Do you currently have a dog at home?
  • Do you have any kids? What ages are they?
  • Is your whole family committed to caring for a pet?
  • Do you live in a house or apartment?
  • How much time and energy can you devote to your dog?
  • Do you have a backyard?
  • Are you a runner or hiker?
  • Do you like travelling?

Some people are just looking for companion, a friendly dog that will be around and does not need much exercise. Among the many dogs that match this profile are the English Bulldog, Basset Hound, Boston Terrier, Labrador and Bouvier.

However, if you have an active lifestyle and are looking for a dog that will keep up with you on a run, you should consider an Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Weimaraner, Ridge Back and even a Standard Poodle. Selecting the breed that works best for you is a very personal decision. The more research you do, whether online or chatting with pet owners at your local dog run, will allow you to make a better choice.

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