How To Adopt The Best Dog For Your Family

Is there a way to adopt the “best” dog for your family? Yes, there is. It involves knowing your family’sget best dog for your family unique lifestyle and finding a dog who can match that. For example, if you and your family love to run and bike and hike you won’t want to adopt a dog who can’t keep up. If, however, you and your family are couch potatoes, you don’t want to adopt a high energy dog who needs to be walked a lot.

Keep in mind, though ALL dogs benefit from some exercise, the amount of exercise they need will depend on their health, their age and their breed.

How To Adopt The Best Dog For Your Family

If you have a family the “best” dog for your family is one who is family-friendly. Regardless of the breed, knowing how to read a dog’s body language will help you find the best dog for your personality and family dynamics.

Remember, any dog can bite, but a friendly dog is likely to be more tolerant of a toddler. If your dog bites someone, you may find yourself faced with a dog bite liability insurance claim — so make sure you protect yourself no matter what breed dog you adopt.

Here are some things to look for when you’re seeking a dog for your family.

These tips are relevant whether you’re adopting a puppy or an older dog.

  1. What is the dog’s body language? Observe the dog interacting with the other dogs around him. Does he seem friendly? Is he fighting with the other dogs? Is he standing off to a corner not interacting with the other dogs? His body language and the way in which he plays with other dogs is a clue to his behavior. Is he biting other dogs? Does he appear dominant or docile?
  2. Does he bark a lot? Keep in mind that some dogs will bark just because they’re excited and that can’t be held against her. But, look at the dog’s body language while she’s barking. Is she stiff? Is the fur on the back of her neck standing up? Are her ears back? Is she baring her teeth? You can probably tell a happy bark from a non-happy bark.
  3. Can you take a toy away from the dog? If you step next to his dish does he seem aggressive or does he seem not to care that you’re by his dish? If you can’t take away his toy, he could be territorial and a dog who is territorial may lash out and bite. Sure, a dog may want to play tug-of-war with the toy, but if she is running away and growling when you try to take the toy, she may be territorial. Keep in mind that being in a shelter can make any dog territorial, but this is something to keep in mind.

Pick the dog or puppy up if she’s small enough for you to do that. Does she seem to enjoy it? Is she struggling to get away? Is she growling? Can you rub the dog’s belly? If a dog lets you rub his belly this is putting him in a very vulnerable position and a dog who lets you do that just might be a great family dog.

You don’t have to say “no” to a dog who may have some negative traits. You need to keep in mind his current environment. However, if you don’t have the time or experience to use positive reinforcement training to work with him then it’s not the best dog for your family.

Look for a dog who looks happy, is friendly, gets along with his packmates and lets you pet him and rub his belly.

 About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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