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Dogs need significant time for play, training, exercise and companionship daily. Make sure your schedule allows for care.


Account for food, supplies, vet care, training and boarding costs annually. Have an emergency fund saved up.


Consider your activity level, household size and experience handling dogs. Find the right fit.


First time or timid owners may do best with an adult over a high energy puppy.  


Research breeds' exercise needs, health risks and temperaments before deciding.  

Breed Traits   

Make sure there's adequate room to play, eat and potty, especially for large breeds. Yard is ideal.


Dogs live 10-15 years. Make sure everyone is committed to providing a lifetime of care. 


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