How to Choose the Right Dog

January 15, 2014 | 7:00–8:15pm | Marvin Auditorium 101A

Mixed breed or purebred? Shelter, rescue or breeder? Puppy or adult? Big, small or somewhere in between? Couch potato or agility champion? So many dogs; so many choices. Cut through the clutter.

Join certified dog trainer, shelter volunteer, and TSCPL Pets Neighborhood Specialist Tanya Walsh as she discusses the various types of dogs and breed-specific behaviors, general canine conduct and body language, and the resources available to help you find the perfect canine companion for you lifestyle.

Topics to be covered: The differences between shelters, rescues, and breeders. The different types of breeders – puppy mill, backyard, and responsible breeders and how to tell the difference between a backyard breeder and a responsible breeder. Basic canine body language so you can “read” a potential pet. Basic human body language – how to approach a potential pet without appearing threatening.

If time allows, we’ll show some great websites that have online quizzes to help prospective dog owners with their choice and a quick lesson in fool-proof potty training because nearly every dog will need this.

While you are here, take a walk through our Pets Neighborhood – all your pet resources in one convenient spot. In this area, potential pet owners will find the American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds book, which will help you match a pooch with your family’s personality.

If you have any questions, email me at or call me at 580-4551 or even direct a question/comment to me via our Facebook page. I’m good with all of that.

Already a dog owner? Click the image below for a pdf booklist focusing on doggie behavior.

Click for Book List (pdf)

Tanya Walsh

Tanya is a Public Services Specialist, a certified dog trainer, and a volunteer at the Helping Hands Humane Society. Her areas of interest are music and very large dogs.