How To Choose The Best Dog For Me

In 5 Easy Steps

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Well Hello there, fellow dog lovers and Welcome to K-9 Nation. The name is Will, and I have been a K9 Behavioral specialist and K9 Psychologist, in the greater Portland area for over ten years.about me

I decided to create this site to be a resource for all dog owners who want to learn how to train their own dogs, on their own property, and in their own time. As well as help dog lovers to shop smart for their dogs, by making the mistakes for you, so I can point you directly to the products and services that are worth your time and hard-earned money, as well as fund the building and managing of the K9 Nation Sanctuary (Where dogs can live free without fear).


5 Easy Steps

How To Choose The Best Dog For Me

best dog for me

I hope this article helps answer any questions you may have. So, let’s begin.

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  • Green Text = Bonus Tips & Content
  • Red Text = Warning or Important Notice


Step #1 | Preparation

Make sure you and your home are ready and safe for the new pack member before the drivebest dogs home. Learn about poddy/crate training, basic obedience training, how and when to feed your dog, how and when to walk your dog, how to be The Pack Leader, as well as figuring out the best placement for their den, food & water station, fenced off elimination area, etc, and of course the purchasing of these items.


New Dog Checklist


bedt gog for meDon’t forget the dog food

Here is a basic sizing chart to help you

gauge how much to feed your dog each day.

The chart is displayed in pounds.


Step #2 | Temperament

medium dog breedsNow then, When choosing a new dog, it’s important to think about what personality type will work best for you and your pre-existing pack. So don’t just focus on breed or how cute they are. Be sure to determine Temperament as well.

Here is an Article all about Temperament Testing, who to contact for testing, and or how to perform the tests yourself.

Also consider the new dog’s energy level, if small dog breedsyour an older person or couple or a laid-back homebody personality type, you might want to consider a more lethargic or relaxed breed, one with a personality type, and energy level that best meets your own. Now on the other hand if you are a young person or couple who has active children or whom themselves live a very active lifestyle, then you might be fine with a higher energy level dog.


Step #3 | Environment 

dog breedOnce you find a dog, consider the dog’s coat and undercoat. For instance, if you live in a cold climate, a breed with long hair or a thicker undercoat may be a better choice, especially if you often engage in outdoor activities, where a short haired breed will likely be cold and shivering during colder dog breeds

Likewise, if you live in the desert, a short-haired breed may be the dog for you, or you may find your dog is often overheated and miserable unless you wash and shave them down several times a year to keep them cool and comfortable.


Step #4 | Poddy Training

poddy trainingAnother thing to consider is, has the dog already been poddy trained, as some people don’t have the time, knowledge,  or patience to deal with poddy training and the undesired cleanup therein, so don’t set yourself up to lose ab_anitio.

Find out ahead of time if the K9 in question has been poddy/crate trained. Click here to read my full article on Potty Training.



Step #5 | Spay & Shots
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When choosing a dog, determine ahead of time if the dog your considering has had their shots, and have they been spayed, or neutered already, or are you going to have to budget time and money for those appointments after the fact.



Bonus Content and Training Tips

Bonus Training Tip #1 | A Tired Dog Is A Good Dog

a tired dog is a good dog Always walk or exercise your dog thoroughly, before each training session, and they will be much more receptive to guidance. If you’d like to learn more about that check out my How To Walk Your Dog YouTube videos. Also on a similar note, a calm assertive human or Pack Leader leads to a calm submissive dog or follower, as our dogs are a reflection of our internal state, if we are excited or frustrated during training time, they will feel that energy and the process will likely be more difficult and time-consuming. So take a deep breath to calm and Center yourself before each training session and at any point, you feel frustrated during training.


Bonus Tip #2 | Leash Corrections

Leash corrections or leash pops are administered to either break your dogs tunnel vision/fixation or to communicate with the dog what you want. While walking your dog or leash training, it is important to have a loose leash at all times, as constant tension on the leash, naturally makes your dog want to pull in the opposite direction of the tension.

Gentle Leader

The Sooner The Better

We should administer a leash correction as early as possible, as once your arm is fully extended it’s virtually impossible to do so, and once again your dog is pulling you down the street.

Gentle Leader


  • Consistency Is Key
  • Repetition Is Required
  • Timing Will Tame

When offering any discipline or behavior correction, it would behoove you to do so, just as your dog is going for the unwanted behavior, or even better, just before they lung, pull, jump, bark, etc. Once you have lived with a dog for a while you should be able to know what they are going to do before they do it. If not, pay close attention from now on to their body language, it will tell you everything.

Be hyper-aware of your dog’s position, body language, and energy level, through the leash, as well as through your peripheral vision.


Bonus Tip #3 | Where The Nose Goes The Body Will Follow

off leash k9 trainingYour dog isn’t trying to rip your arm out of its socket on purpose, they are just following their nose, eyes, or ears. As you might already know, dogs have a much better sense of smell than we do. The challenge here is to train our dogs to be so focused on us, that they don’t get the chance to notice every smell, site, and sound around them while they’re out on the leash. The key to this is to keep them busy, always be giving them something to do IE instructions and corrections.

It’s Very Important To:

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Stay Assertive
  3. Stay In Control
  4. Stay at least one step ahead of your dog
  5. Stop it at level 1 so it never gets to level 10


Bonus Tip #4 | Stop & Wait Procedures (The Reset Button)

While your walking or training your dog, you might find they may have the tendency to slip in and out of compliance. To break this we can apply what I call (Stop & Wait)

Stop and wait procedures…Or (Stop & Sit Procedures)… It pretty much is what it sounds like; if you are making a correction every 10 steps on average and all of a sudden your having to correct every 2 or 3 steps, (say to keep them from walking in front of you) then stop and wait. anywhere from 5 – 30 seconds, and maybe put them into a sit. Now we are back to a compliant state. What we are saying to our dog by doing this is, We are not doing what you want to do until I get what I want.

This exercise is like a reset button for your dog.



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Well, that’s it for this one,

I hope this article helps your decision-making process

to be an easier and more well informed one.

Until next time, I wish you well and remember,

beee the Pack Leader and be safe…





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