Choosing a Puppy: How to Choose the Right Puppy for You

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Hi fellow dog owners!

Choosing a puppy is an important decision - with good health and good luck, you'll have this dog for about 20 years, so you want to make sure your chosen dog will fit your personality and lifestyle.

In this slideshow you'll learn:
- The right questions to ask when deciding if a dog is the right match for your lifestyle
- How can you choose a friendly and compliant dog
- What’s involved in adopting a dog from a shelter
- How can you prepare your home for your new dog
- What should you do the 1st day you bring the dog home
- What is the best equipment for training and care
- What is the actual cost of raising a dog

After this presentation you'll be armed with the right information to pick your perfect puppy!

Thanks for viewing my slides!
For more puppy training tips and tools, please visit http://YourDogNeedsYou.com

Good luck choosing a great puppy!
Mia Montagliani
Head dog trainer @YourDogNeedsYou

Published in: Lifestyle, Education

Choosing a Puppy: How to Choose the Right Puppy for You

  1. 1. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Mia Montagliani YourDogNeedsYou.com Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  2. 2.  Is your dog the right match for your lifestyle?  How can you choose a friendly and compliant dog?  What’s involved in adopting a dog from a shelter?  How can you prepare your home for your new dog?  What should you do the 1st day you bring the dog home?  What is the best equipment for training and care?  What is the actual cost of raising a dog? How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  3. 3.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 1. What kind of residence do you live in? ☐ Flat or Apartment ☐ Townhouse or Villa or Unit ☐ House How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  4. 4.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 2. What type of area do you live in? ☐ Inner city ☐ Suburban ☐ Rural How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  5. 5.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 3. What size is the yard in which the dog will live? ☐ None ☐ Small ☐ Medium ☐ Large How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  6. 6.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 4. Do you have other pets? ☐ None ☐ Yes – Cat/s ☐ Yes – Dog/s ☐ Yes – Cat/s and Dog/s How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  7. 7.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 5. What is the gender of your other dogs? ☐ Not applicable ☐ Female ☐ Male ☐ Both How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  8. 8.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 6. Are you able to keep your dog secure? ☐Yes ☐No ☐Sometimes How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  9. 9.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 7. How much time will you exercise your dog each day? ☐ None ☐ 30 minutes ☐ 60 minutes ☐ More than 60 minutes How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  10. 10.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 8. How active is the owner? ☐ Inactive ☐ Not very active ☐ Quite Active ☐ Very Active How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  11. 11.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 9. Are you experienced at handling or training dogs? ☐ No ☐ Yes – a little ☐ Yes –very How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  12. 12.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 10. How long will your dog be alone each week? ☐ Not at all ☐ Up to 20 hours ☐ 20-40 hours ☐ More than 40 hours How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  13. 13.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 11. Do elderly or disabled people stay with you? ☐ No ☐ Sometimes ☐ Often ☐ Permanently How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  14. 14.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 12. How old is the dog’s primary caregiver? ☐ 5-18 years old ☐ 19-39 years old ☐ 40-59 years old ☐ Over 60 years old How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  15. 15.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 13. How much are you willing to spend on your dog’s food? ☐ Not much – on a tight budget ☐ A reasonable amount ☐ A good amount ☐ No limit How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  16. 16.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 14. How much grooming are you prepared to provide each week? ☐ None ☐ 1 hour ☐ 2½ to 4 hours ☐ More than 4 Hours How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  17. 17.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 15. Are you looking for a dog that will protect you and your property? ☐ No ☐ Some warning barks are okay ☐ Defensive How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  18. 18.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 16. Do you or your family members suffer from animal/hair allergies? ☐ No ☐ Yes How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  19. 19.  1  Lifestyle Match Survey 17. Do you have children or child visitors? ☐ Yes ☐ No How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  20. 20.  Seven Steps to Choosing a Friendly & Compliant Dog 1. Observe the puppies at play - Bossy puppies generally bite, growl at or pin down other puppies. Compliant puppies tend to play more nicely. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  21. 21.  Seven Steps to Choosing a Friendly & Compliant Dog 2. Approach and pat the puppies. The bossy puppy will demand your attention and affection. Curious puppies will seek your attention in a friendly way. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  22. 22.  Seven Steps to Choosing a Friendly & Compliant Dog 3. Pick up the puppy and cradle it like a baby. Puppies that resist and wriggle are generally more bossy than those that are compliant. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  23. 23.  Seven Steps to Choosing a Friendly & Compliant Dog 4. Have the puppies follow you. The puppies at the front of the pack are either curious or bossy. The bossy ones will tend to fend off other puppies in your presence. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  24. 24.  Seven Steps to Choosing a Friendly & Compliant Dog 5. Place an unfamiliar item near the puppies. Puppies that investigate quickly are likely to be more secure than those that stay away. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  25. 25.  Seven Steps to Choosing a Friendly & Compliant Dog 6. Walk away from the puppies. Observe which puppies settle down quietly and which puppies show insecurity by yapping and whining. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  26. 26.  Seven Steps to Choosing a Friendly & Compliant Dog 7. Observe the breeder or pet store attendant with the puppies. Puppies who are initially timid to you may turn out to be quite friendly towards someone they know. How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  27. 27.  Choosing a Puppy From a Shelter - You may not know dog’s history - Watch for signs of illness after adoption - Your dog will be de-sexed (part of adoption fee) How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  28. 28.  Choosing a Puppy From a Shelter - Fewer puppies available - Problems can be managed with proper training - Some dogs may not have any issues How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  29. 29.  Choosing a Puppy From a Shelter - Ask: 1. Dog’s history 2. Dog’s breed How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  30. 30.  Choosing a Puppy From a Shelter - Make a careful decision so spend time with the dog - Adoption fee may include de-sexing & vaccinations - Don’t forget to register your dog with the council How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  31. 31.  Choosing a Puppy From a Shelter US & Canada: - Fee may range from USD25-150 - http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/states.asp How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  32. 32.  Choosing a Puppy From a Shelter United Kingdom - Fee may range from £70-120 - http://www.dogpages.org.uk/ How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  33. 33.  Choosing a Puppy From a Shelter Australia - Fee may range from AUD50-350 - http://www.petrescue.com.au/rescue_directory/ How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  34. 34.  Introducing Puppy to Your Home - Put yourself in your puppy’s shoes: it’s a scary time! - Show your puppy around when she arrives - Set up boundaries How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  35. 35.  Introducing Puppy to Your Home - Initially, supervise interaction with other pets - Show your puppy her potty area, food and water - Enrol in puppy classes How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  36. 36.  Checklist: Puppy Care in the First 24 Hours Have ready: - A collar and leash - Bowls or pans for food and water How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  37. 37.  Checklist: Puppy Care in the First 24 Hours Have ready: - The same dog food she's been accustomed to eating - Dog bed & toys & grooming equipment How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  38. 38.  Checklist: Puppy Care in the First 24 Hours - Bring your puppy home safely in a crate - Allow puppy to meet people - Offer water and food How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  39. 39.  Checklist: Puppy Care in the First 24 Hours - Make an appointment with your vet - Choose a safe, warm area for bedtime - Ignore your puppy’s cries in the night & potty early How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  40. 40.  The Right Equipment 1. Collar & Leash 2. Crate 3. Grooming Equipment How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  41. 41.  The Right Equipment 4. Toys 5. Water & food bowls 6. Bed How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  42. 42.  Budgeting for Your Puppy’s Needs - The costs of owning a dog have to be considered over your dog’s entire lifespan - The average cost per year of owning a dog is around $1571 How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  43. 43.  Budgeting for Your Puppy’s Needs - Vaccinations - Worming, treatments for fleas and ticks - City, county or state licenses How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  44. 44.  Budgeting for Your Puppy’s Needs - Typical dog equipment and supplies - Dog food and treats - Grooming - Cleaning How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  45. 45.  Budgeting for Your Puppy’s Needs - Training classes - Possible boarding if you go on vacation - Fencing or other forms of containment for your dog How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  46. 46.  Budgeting for Your Puppy’s Needs - Regular veterinary care such as routine examinations, any lab work or x-rays, periodic dental cleaning and treatment for the occasional injury - Medications or supplements How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  47. 47.  Budgeting for Your Puppy’s Needs - Pet insurance - Generally more expensive at the start and towards te end of the dog’s life How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014
  48. 48. Thank You for Watching How to Choose the Right Puppy For You Mia Montagliani Please visit YourDogNeedsYou.com for more dog training tips and tools Copyright YourDogNeedsYou.com 2010-2014

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