Dog Training Tips & Advice

Choosing A New Puppy: 3 Factors To Consider

Consider every detail about a new puppy before bringing him home

An important step towards a happy and long-lasting relationship with any dog is to figure out your expectations and requirements of the puppy’s personality and needs. For example, if you like to spend your weekends in front of the tv, don’t get a highly active breed such as a Border Collie. Go for something more laid back like a Greyhound. Remember, if you have a dog with a lot of pent-up energy, he is more likely to get frustrated and lash out aggressively or become destructive. This is why choosing the right puppy for your lifestyle is so important.

When children are involved, it is most important that dog and child are compatibleChildren In The Household

Whatever type of puppy you decided to pick, keep in mind that taking care of a young pup involves the same amount of commitment and time that a young child needs.

Having both together under the same roof requires constant supervision to keep them from literally hurting each other. Keeping a close eye at all times prevents roughhousing, pulling, biting, and any potential injuries to occur.

Most trainers and breeders recommend that homes with toddlers should not get a toy breed because of the risk of the puppy getting squeezed, dropped, or stepped on by the young child. However, if you already have your heart set on a toy breed for your child to grow up with, pick one with a gentle disposition and an easy-going personality.

Do you want a dog to guard your home or greet everyone with a friendly disposition?Level Of Protectiveness

For most dog owners, a dog that barks when someone approaches the door is enough to give them a sense of security, just like having a living home alarm system. The bark of a small dog is just as effective in turning away an intruder as the bark of a large dog would be. Dachshunds and most toy breeds are excellent watchdogs. Terriers are also great for the job.

If you are looking for a dog that can protect you and has the physical appearance to prove it, think about getting a herding breed or a working breed. Dogs from these breeds are protective of their owners and have the looks that deter burglars. They are also highly skilled and easily trainable. The major thing to consider when acquiring one of these breeds is their high energy level and the amount of physical and mental stimulation you will need to provide them with.

Your new puppy should get plenty of socialization to ensure it becomes a well-rounded member of the familyTime Spent

One of the reasons why dogs are such popular pets is because they are naturally social in nature, making them a great companion. Keeping this in mind, do not get one if you plan on keeping him out in the backyard all day long. This is especially true for puppies, since they require more supervision, more interaction, and regular training to be a more socialized and civilized member of the family. The more socialization a puppy gets to the world around him means the more well-rounded adult dog he will be. A puppy that does not get as much socialization is more likely to become shy or aggressive later in life.

The average dog spends at least eight hours a day, five days a week, home alone. Some breeds are more adaptable to this kind of living situation. Most terriers, for example, find ways to entertain themselves given enough space for them to roam around. The same can be true for Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.

The best thing you could possibly do for your puppy is be sure it fits into your lifestyle. But if behaviors and problems do arise, seek training or behavior modification for your dog before giving up on him. At Highland Canine Training LLC, we offer the expertise to help families face difficulties that arise with their dogs. From aggression to excessive jumping, there is something for every dog in our customizable courses. For more information, contact us at 1866.200.2207 or email us at

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