One of the best decisions I ever made was to take the time to find the right dog for me.

The “right” dog for me at the time was a medium-energy, housebroken, kennel-trained dog that was good with cats and dogs.

It’s not easy to take your time to choose the right dog when there are dogs available pretty much everywhere.

But it was worth it.

Ace causes me very little stress. He sleeps a good 19 hours or more a day. He never chews things that aren’t his, and he hardly ever barks. He’s never had an accident except that one time when he was sick.

But there’s a question that’s sometimes in the back of my mind whenever I think about adding another dog to our family:

Should experienced dog people (like me and many of you) adopt the more “challenging” dogs?

Because we know how to exercise, train and manage some of these dogs better than the average dog lover, do we have some sort of obligation? Should we leave the “easy” dogs, like Ace, for first-time dog owners?

Ace

The answer, of course, is no.

We should all adopt (or buy) dogs that are best for our lifestyles. After all, a dog is a longterm commitment of 10+ years. You don’t want to pick the wrong one.

Still, I’m drawn towards the more hyper or reactive dogs at the shelters sometimes. I like to think I could help them. (Maybe I could, maybe I couldn’t.) I do like the challenge of helping and training a more “difficult” dog. But really, aren’t all dogs challenging in their own ways?

So, I thought I’d raise the question to you.

Have you ever purposely adopted a more “challenging” dog? Or have you ever thought about doing so?

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