Just like humans, every pet has a particular personality. Some are naturally active, ready for adventure, and eager to see what you’re up to. Others are more laid back and offer all the chill vibes. Puppy personality and development changes over weeks, too. But because every pet is unique, it’s important to look for a furry partner who shares a love of your lifestyle!
Before you rush out and adopt the cutest pet you find, think about what kind of pet personality would be a great match so you can share lots of love and fun times for years to come. Sometimes puppy temperament tests can help you predict the perfect puppy match.
Which pet personality matches you best?
The Couch Potato. If you tend towards a more sedentary lifestyle, a pet who is happy with daily healthy walks but doesn’t need hours of exercise to stay fit and mentally stimulated might be right for you.
The Social Butterfly. A pet who loves other people and pets and thinks of your car as their second home would love being out-and-about with you on your daily adventures. If you have other dogs or cats, be sure to introduce the new baby correctly.
The Healer. This pet is generally a quiet, people-and-kid loving pet who can join you on visits to schools, nursing homes or any place where a pet is a welcomed, soothing presence. The Healer might make a fantastic emotional support animal, too.
The Christopher Columbus. Are you an avid hiker who loves the outdoors? Look for an active pet who loves exploring and will happily join the fun! Before you hit the trails, train them to come when called and to tolerate being gently boosted into an SUV or over fallen trees and other obstacles. Treats and praise are key! And be sure to puppy proof the house and yard to keep your trekker safe!
The Bookworm. If you’d rather spend Friday night reading instead of buzzing about the town, a pet who enjoys lying quietly in your living room, on your porch, or simply people watching at the park will probably be your perfect companion.
The Overthinker. Are you a bit of a worrywart? A housetrained adult animal whose personality is fully developed or a breed with very few known health problems can help ease your mind. You may have fewer surprises later on.
The Globetrotter. If you’re living a jet-setting lifestyle, a pet who fits comfortably in an airline crate near your seat and doesn’t mind bustling airports, new sights, or changing weather could be your perfect traveling companion.
The Born Leader. A smart and highly trainable breed will thrive with a human mentor who enjoys learning new things together. Practice positive training with treats to build a strong, loving bond.
The Artist. Your pet is your muse. Depending on your medium, look for a pet who loves the sound of your voice, your musical instrument, long thoughtful walks in nature, etc.
Not quite sure which pet personality is right for you? Consider fostering from your local animal shelter until you find your perfect match! And you can find MORE fun puppy-licious infotainment in the Complete Puppy Care book!
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