Dog-Owner Compatibility; How to Choose the right Dog

May 7th, 2018
By Kaylee Hamar

Top things to consider when choosing a pup or examining the relationship with your current pup

Most of us think about relationship dynamics when it comes to our spouse, children and friends, but we may not think of the same complexities and dynamics when it comes to our pets.  Perhaps this is because they can’t talk, but in the end, these living beings have personalities of their own, and our relationship with them deserves just as much attention when it comes to dynamics and compatibility. This applies whether you are considering getting a dog or if you already have a dog that you call your own.

  • Activity Level:

If you are someone who loves to bike and hike, then perhaps a dog that is equally as active would be a good fit. Finding the breed or mix of breeds that is a match for your activity level is important. Something else to consider includes ways you may want to improve your activity level. If you choose a breed that is slightly more active than you currently are, this can help influence you in appositive direction. However, definitely be mindful of commitment to this progress if you choose a breed that is going to push you out of your comfort zone.

  • Mental Engagement:

Some dogs need more mental engagement than others, and some humans are willing to engage their pet mentally more often. If you like to play games and enjoy seeing a pup grow and learn, then there are breeds that like to work which would be a great match for you.

  • Physical Attention:

Do you like snuggles or are you independent and need your space? Do you like snuggles all the time or only occasionally? These are important things to know about yourself and your potential dog companion to make sure that you are on the same page.

  • Budget:

Considering your budget for your dog can help decide on the size of dog that may be right for you. If you have a tight budget, you may want to go with a smaller breed that eats less. This sounds silly, but it is true!

  • Children:

If you have children or plan to have babies in the future, you will want to consider this when choosing your dog.

  • Health:

If you have allergies to pets, this can help you choose which breed to go with. There are breeds that do not shed that would be a better choice!

This is just scratching the surface of pet compatibility. There is a tool that will help you go deeper and understand even more about which breed of dog would be the best fit for you or how to connect with your current dog. Canine Colors is like a personality test for you and for your pup that will help you dive deeper and gain insight into what may be the best fit. Even if you think you know all about yourself, this exercise is fun and can reveal new personality traits that you didn’t think would impact your pet choices.

 

You can check out canine colors international here:

www.caninecolors.com 

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