It is a tough task to select a new pet dog, especially for first time pet parents who have never had a pet before in their family. For them, and even some existing pet owners, selecting a new pet is based on the looks. A cute, chubby, naught looking puppy or dog, with captivating puppy eyes can be tempting and many try to be very selective about ‘looks’ when taking home a new pet. But that is not how it works.
In fact, many pet owners will tell that they had finalised a pet dog simply based on how it looked at the time they had first met – a decision that some of them regret now.
A majority of pet parents consider breed and looks when choosing a dog or puppy
A majority of pet parents go for the breed or the looks when taking home a pet or adopting one. To be frank a lot of them already have their minds set on a particular breed and then looks are the only decisive factor that remains before taking home a pet.
While, the breed of a dog or puppy can be a decisive factor for many reasons, looks should not be accounted as a criteria because the actual nature could turn out to be totally against your expectations.
A dog’s or puppy’s looks can lead to an impulsive decision, but not always the right one
Looks can always lead to impulsive decisions when taking home a pet dog or puppy. Why? Well, because at that particular, you won’t see or consider anything else that really matters.
You won’t think about the kind of dog (breed) you would actually want to take, the age of the dog, or whether a puppy would be a good choice although you have a busy schedule and there would be nobody home to look after him once you go to office, and most importantly, not giving any thought to whether you are actually ready to be a pet parent.
All you would care about would be the cute longing eyes and everything visually appealing at that moment.
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Looks can conceal behavioural traits and the general approach of a dog or puppy
Well, a good looking dog or a cute puppy is okay, but what about how they behave in public or with you? You can’t deny that at the end of the day, you would want to have a pet dog or puppy who reciprocates the love you give out or is at least well behaved in public.
Now, analysing the behaviour of a dog or puppy in one small meeting may not be that easy a job, but you can get the cues if you watch closely.
How to choose a dog or puppy among many others at the shop or shelter?
When choosing a pet dog or puppy from among the many available, pay attention to how they behave with other dogs and puppies in the crates, if their approach is positive, if they are playful rather than offensive, and if they exude positive vibes.
If possible, get a briefing from the breeder or the shelter owner about all the dogs and puppies that you seem to like. You will be surprised to learn many interesting facts about all of them.
However, when it comes to taking a pet dog or puppy home, it should always be about which one likes us most rather than the one we seem to like more.