Choosing a Dog or a Puppy
Selecting the right dog or puppy is an important responsibility. A large number of dogs are brought to animal shelters due to their incompatibility with their new owners and family. It is therefore essential that the family/owner chose the correct and appropriate dog for their specific circumstances. Many shelters (such as L.A.W.S.) try to ensure that the dog is adopted into the correct environment, however at times, assistance from a professional can help with your decision.
This service consists of an in-home meeting in order to examine and discuss the environment (both inside and outside the home), the activity level, the time available for training, the presence of children and their age. We would also discuss the type of dog being considered – puppy vs adult dog, pure bred vs mixed breed, and the best places from which to adopt dogs – registered breeders, rescue groups, shelters, back yard breeders, etc. Based on this information, I prepare a number of options that can help in the selection of your new family pet.
I also advise on the expectations that a new dog or puppy will bring to the household. Things such as: house-training, visits to the veterinarian and groomers, need for obedience training, socialization, exercise, feeding, possible problems such as excessive barking, digging holes, etc.
Cost: There is a charge of $75.00 for this service, to be paid at the time of the first in-home meeting.