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8+ tips on choosing a dog when you have kids

A high-strung dog that fits in a purse may be appealing when you have the luxury of time to spoil it. When kids come along, though, it takes a different breed of hound to fit the family bill.

Offspring’s Janine Annett offers eight considerations before you take the kids to the local pet store and heartbreak ensues when things don’t work out as planned.

Of course, one size doesn’t fit all families. Some prefer laid back animals, while others are looking for a constant playmate.

Puppy Vs. Adult

When you get a puppy, you’re getting an adorable ball of energy—one that will require lots of walks, house training, and obedience training. Rugs, floors, and furniture will get peed on, pooped on, and nibbled.

If you get an adult dog, you might have a calmer dog. However, you could also get an adult dog who’s fearful or aggressive due to previous experiences; if so, you’ll need to be willing to commit to serious training.

Temperament

Do you want a dog who’s full of energy, that you can go on jogs and hikes and outdoor adventures with? Or maybe you want a lap dog who will be content to snuggle with you? What about the kids in the family? Make sure you get a dog that will work with your family—don’t try to change your family’s lifestyle to fit with the dog.

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