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10 Tips for Picking Out a New Family Dog

Your Schedule

When choosing your dog, take into consideration your schedule and the amount of time you can put into your new job as canine parent. If your schedule is such that nobody is around for periods of four to eight hours at a time, then you're going to need some help. In fact, if this is the case, then you might want to avoid getting a puppy altogether. Some breeds are more active than others, so if you don't have time to take your dogs on some long walks and runs, then you should avoid breeds like huskies, Labrador retrievers, border collies and Jack Russell terriers. It's probably best to stay away from mixes of those breeds as well. If your schedule permits, though, feel free to get an active breed, as they can help you stay active as well.