Top Tips for Picking a Dog

Picking a Dog

Picking a Dog: The other day I was adding to the animal stencils that I have at The Craft Corner and a thought occurred to me. Everyone I know loves all kinds of animals from horses to cats and especially dogs.

That got me thinking about what would be a good topic for a blog post about the animals we love. After I put the final touches on the horse’s head stencil on my website, I decided to include some top tips for picking a dog.

The Time  

Big dogs need a lot of time. They have to be run or at the very least played with in the backyard at least once or twice a day. Even smaller cuddly pooches need to get some exercise. That’s the first tip. Take stock of the time that you’re going to need and let that help you decide on a breed.

If you’re the type of person who stays out long after they’re done working or travels a lot, you’ll need to be careful. Here’s a comprehensive list of some dog breeds so you can match one with your lifestyle.

While you’re mulling over what kind of dog you want, why not check out a few of our animal stencils at The Craft Corner? Even though the end of October is still far away, you might want to take a good look at our Halloween Cat Stencil.

Age Is Important

One of the other big considerations is the age of the dog. Puppies are a bundle of fun when you’re watching them run around before you get one home. It’s important to keep in mind that that little bundle of joy will be getting you up at night and maybe even chewing up your socks and furniture for up to one year.

Older dogs are great companions too. In fact, you can usually find some excellent choices for your next best friend at the local shelter.


Finally, you’ll need to consider the space you have before you choose a dog. Obviously bigger dogs need room to roam and lots of space to play. However, some of the smaller breeds can be quite active so you should have a decent backyard for them too.

I really enjoy the variety of animal stencils that I’ve been able to put together. Why not take a few minutes to look them over even if you haven’t made up your mind about adopting or buying a dog yet?





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