Over the coming months we shall be covering everything you need to know about owning a new dog including selecting the right breed for you and your family.
If you currently own a puppy or are indeed contemplating getting one, we would love to hear from you – we want to be both informative and fun!
For our first edition, we thought it would be a good idea to make a list of questions prospective dog owners should ask themselves before taking on the responsibility and commitment of ownership.
1. Why are you getting a dog? Are you being bullied by your family to get a puppy?
2. Who will be the main carer of the dog? If you decide to get a dog you are!
3. What time have you got? It could all be down to you, exercising twice a day, daily training, grooming, taking to vets if needed , playtime to stimulate and a lot more.
4. Can you afford a dog? Food, bedding, vets bills, pet insurance, toys, training aids, grooming, kennels or home boarding when you go away, dog walker if you are out all day, if it’s a puppy chewing damage.
5. What commitment can you give a dog? A dog can live anywhere from 10 to 15+ years and will need constant care.
6. What is your lifestyle? Will a dog fit into your lifestyle do you travel a lot are you at home all day.
7. What environment do you live in? Do you have a garden do you have somewhere to walk a dog do you live in a flat.
8. What lifestyle changes are you looking at in the future that may affect owning a dog? Thinking of having a baby, changing your job.
9. Who else lives in the household? A very nervous cat, a small child.
If after considering all of the above and you are sure owning a dog is the right thing for you and your family then the next thing to look at is.
1. What are the characteristics of the breed you are thinking of getting? Research the breed contact breeders, rescue centres, read books, talk to other people who have that breed. They are all very different in their characters and needs.
2. What size is right for you?
3. What coat type?
4. What age – puppy, rescue dog.
As we go along we will be covering these areas in more detail and a lot more.
If there are any other questions you feel we have missed or there are any questions that you wished you had asked yourselves before getting the puppy you did? We would love to hear from you.
Have you got any interesting funny stories about your puppy, let us know!