Companion Animal Psychology By Zazie Todd, PhD. Happy cats. Happy dogs. Thanks to science. 13 April 2016 How to Choose the Right Puppy in Four Easy Steps The vital questions to ask before you get your puppy-dog. You’ve decided it’s the right time to add a puppy to your life: you’ve got the time and energy and you can afford the bills (approximately £1000 in the first year of a medium-size dog’s life.  And now it’s time to choose your puppy. But most guides to getting a puppy miss some vital questions. Read on to find out how to get it right. Which breed of dog should I get? This is the question most people focus on, and it’s true it’s an important one. You need to think about the energy requirements you want, because it’s no good getting a working dog i