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November 28, 2017

Are you planning to add a new furry friend to your pack this holiday season? If so, it's important to remember that pets require a great deal of care and responsibility long after the holiday decorations are put away. If you're thinking of getting a new pup, consider these factors so you can choose the best furry friend for your family.

Not all dogs are the same. Consider the energy and lifestyle of your household. Not only do dog breeds differ in looks and characteristics but they also require different needs so it's crucial to understand the size of dog you can handle and how much exercise you are able to provide. 

Age should correlate with ages in the household. The new furry friend should fit the current physical capabilities of the caretakers, thinking about what the next 10-15 years will bring.

Time and attention. All pets require exercise, training, and supervision, so be sure you have adequate time and energy to devote them. Especially during the first three weeks as this is a critical time when they're getting adjusted to new surroundings and people.  

The cost must be considered. In addition to the upfront cost of bringing your new furry friend home, costs such as veterinary care, obedience classes, food, grooming, toys, and supplies can add up quickly.