A common mistake pet owners make is choosing a pet simply based on appearance.
It can be hard to resist a puppy when they are at that cute ball of fur
stage. However, if temperament, energy level, and personal circumstance
considered that cute ball of fur may become the cause of serious frustration.
Energy level is a factor that is commonly overlooked. Dogs such as Labradors
and other sporting breed dogs need plenty of exercise and are prone to develop
behavior problems if this need is not met. These behavior problems can be
very difficult to correct as the dog is simply acting out of a need for physical
activity. Chronic barking, chewing, and digging are behaviors that often
develop due to a lack of attention or exercise. If one can’t provide
this level of exercise, or doesn’t have space for the dog to run and
play this is probably not the best dog to choose even though they are adorable
Temperament is another important factor to consider, particularly
if adopting a pet into a family. There are plenty of breeds that are
great with children, but there are some that are less tolerant of kids
not react well to the accidental fur or tail pulling that often happens
with children. Some breeds are more stubborn than others, also certain
can have a strong herding or guarding instincts, and some are easier
to train than others. These traits may or may not suit ones particular
Considering these factors is important in finding a good match.
common problem that occurs is taking a puppy or kitten from its mother
too soon. Again this often happens because the very young are seen as particularly
cute. However, this is not what is best for the animal. A pet’s development
and nutrition is best provided by its mother for at least the first eight
weeks, and it is often recommended that they aren’t separated until
ten to eleven weeks of age. Giving full consideration to personal circumstances
and each pet’s current and future needs can make for a much better
situation than simply basing a decision on looks.