Raising a dog from the time that they are a puppy helps them to become a cherished member of your family. During puppyhood, you can teach your pet to trust you and follow your commands. You also get a chance to help socialize them and introduce them to your favorite activities such as taking walks. Determining what your dog will be like when they grow up is easy when you follow these simple steps.
Look at Their Current Physical Features
One of the first things that you notice about a dog is their general physical characteristics. For the most part, a puppy’s coat coloring and patterns will remain the same throughout their life. If you can see their parents, then you can also use this as a gauge to figure out how big the dog will get. Information about the parents’ health history can provide further insight into what you can expect regarding a dog’s risk for potential issues as they age.
Learn About the Breed
Full breed dogs are easier to envision as adults. Do some research as you go to look for puppies for sale to understand the general characteristics of specific breeds. For instance, teacup pups tend to only reach around five to six pounds as adults. Knowing the overall size to expect when your puppy is fully grown helps you make the right decision for which one to get. You can also find out what your dog’s temperament might be based upon the breed.
Observe Their Behavior Around Other Dogs
When you go to pick out a puppy, try to get a glimpse of how they interact with the other puppies in the litter. A dog that is overly aggressive with the other dogs might turn out to be domineering or hard to train. Ideally, the puppy should seem playful and well-liked by the other dogs that live with them.
Check Out Their Personality
Playing with the puppies is another way to see how their temperament meshes with yours. A dog who is shy with you from the beginning may overcome it with time, but you should expect that they’ll continue to be standoffish with strangers as they mature. Playful dogs tend to settle down as they age, but they are more likely to grow into dogs that enjoy being sociable.
Your new puppy is born with a unique set of traits that make them special. While you can train your puppy, you should make sure that you start out with one that will grow into the type of dog that you want. Take your time and narrow your focus to a specific breed of dog that you can use to determine what they’ll be like as they grow.
About the Author:
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan.