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Choosing the best breed for you

Posted by Abigail on Saturday 7th of February 2009

One of the most important decisions you need to consider before you get a puppy is which breed will be most suitable for your family and lifestyle.

Hopefully, everyone would realise that to have a highly intelligent breed, for example a German Shepherd or Border Collie, when you are out at work all day or your time is limited, is completely unsuitable and will lead to serious behavioural problems in the future.

People often fall in love with the puppy when it is tiny and cute and do not consider how big it will grow and how much mental and physical stimulation it will need to keep it balanced, happy and healthy. Sadly, they often only realise their mistake too late when the dog is under stimulated and needing remedial training, or sometimes more drastic measures.

With a little thought and advice from the right sources, issues can be avoided. Take a look at this piece on the Puppy School website. This will help guide you in the right direction and ensure you have a compatible canine companion for life.

If you find you are having problems with your puppy or dog, it is essential you consult only a qualified behaviourist for help. Check out the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors website for members.  Here at Grove Lodge, our fully qualified behaviourist, Jo Raine will be more than happy to help. Call her direct on 01903 223137.