How To Find Your Perfect Furry Match
Last month, we shared with you the Top 10 Reasons To Adopt A Dog. This included not only the benefits of pet adoption, but also its most beneficial result, which is the positive impact that canine company can have on your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. 
Welcoming a four-legged friend to your home is a decision that certainly will have an effect in your day-to-day life. Therefore, it is important to analyze your lifestyle, interests and determine what stage in your life you are at in order to find a dog whose characteristic as well as care, maintenance, and financial requirements, best suit your preferences and needs.
The search for the perfect companion involves the consideration of the breed, the age, and the origin of the dog as well as the previously mentioned aspects of your life. You can choose between pure or mixed breed dog, an energetic puppy or a less active and already trained senior dog. The option of buying or adopting is also one you will have to decide upon. 

Adoption associations and facilities are a very good source of information and can help you to find out more about the costs and time demanded in care, training and maintenance, and any other requirements associated with dog ownership. 
Volunteering with those associations, or encouraging your children to do so, can make your experience more enjoyable. Also, fostering a dog is a worthy middle point in the path to dog parenting. These two options allow you to receive support from experienced teams that can help you improve your knowledge in this subject, while offering an abandoned dog a loving human friend.
The main thing in the process of having a dog is love, responsibility, and information. During the research and decision process, it is important to follow your own intuition as well as your feelings in order to bring about this wonderful human-dog bond. 
Sometimes people express concerns regarding dog parenting that prevent them from deciding to have a dog. Any difficulty can be anticipated and managed with the proper information. Analyzing different aspects of your own life and your prospect furry companion are also important for avoiding unfulfilled expectations. Your current lifestyle and emotional intentions are key factors that should be assessed from the very beginning. For instance, you can have an active lifestyle during your young adult years and a more relaxed way of living during your senior years. Whatever your situation is, there is always a perfect pooch for you. Health issues, such as allergies, or the presence of a family member with special needs can be coped with and even improved by selecting the adequate breed and dog particularities. Hypoallergenic dogs are a special breed that provoke little allergies reactions, while others are perfect partners for special children or seniors with limited mobility. 

Apart from dog associations' personnel and shelters' staff, there are tons of resources that can help you find your match. 

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* Visit our section "The Perfect Match" and "Breeds" for further information and a full description of dog breeds. 

* --> Click BREEDS FROM A TO Z for an in depth description of each breed
* Try this Dog Selection Quiz  --> Click here for the Quiz
* Books are an excellent source of information. You can chose among a large variety of reading materials that include breeds characteristics as well as behavior and training, dog health and dog selection guides. Check our selected reading materials.

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