Getting ready for a long term commitmentBY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER Personality and lifestyle matches play such an imperative part of a successful union, that everyday people pay someone else to make the match for them.
So, why not do the same when adopting pets?
Silly idea - hardly, and when it comes to making the right match for potential pet owners there is nothing more important than an ideal match.
Unlike people, when pets are matched with the wrong type of owner, it can mean disaster for both, and an unfulfilled union. (Well, maybe not so different than people).
A large dog that is highly active living with a loving family in a condominium could turn to the bad behavior of chewing, only because it has no outlet to release its playful nature.
Maybe it’s a particular breed of dog that you have always favored, but it may not be good with your future plans of having children.
Pets and especially dogs can develop behavior problems if they do not get the right type of attention, affection, and exercise needed for their temperament, personality, or breed.
Many of today’s pet adoption and rescue centers use a pet and person personality test to measure the adoptability of the new owner to their potential pet.
Whether you are new to owning a pet, or currently have one, there are many traits of both the dog and yourself that need to be considered before taking on the responsibility of being a pet owner.
When considering becoming a new or recurring pet owner, ask yourself some of these questions, and take into account the lifespan, size, and costs of owning the pet, such as health care and grooming.
With the many different breed of dogs available for adoption today, many pet owners can find joy in a breed (mixed or pure breed) that they may have never considered if it weren’t for a compatibility test.
It is suggested by some veterinarians before adopting, call your local breeder, adoption center, or humane society and ask if they have a personality test to help match you with the right dog before you take the next step to becoming a pet owner.