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Humane Society of the United States

How to choose a dog

How to choose a dog

Thinking about getting a dog? Take a good look at your family and lifestyle first, before falling in love with Fluffy’s cute photo on the Internet, dog adoption experts say. What type of home do you have? How many hours a day is someone home? How much time do you have to devote to the dog each day? How much time for exercising it? Training it? Is there a convenient place to do so nearby? Who will take care of it when you go on vacation? Do you want a running buddy or a lap dog? Do you have enough money for a dog’s expenses for the next 10-15 years? The typical modern household — in which everyone is up and out by 8 a.m. and not back until dinnertime, then busy in the...