Have you got the kids bugging you about adopting a dog? You’re not the only one! You might ask your friends and families for their advice but one of the best things that you can do about it is research for yourself. Your kids may have great ideas about walking dogs and feeding them but dogs are a lifetime commitment – and your kids won’t be doing it all!
You will end up being the one feeding, walking and cleaning up after a dog. You’ll be the one asking questions like are labradoodles hypoallergenic or not? You’ll be checking their breeding to know which ones are considered dangerous or not. There are so many considerations and to make life easier for you, we’ve got a list of what you should consider when you are getting a dog.
Can you afford it?
Your dog is going to cost you a lot more than just the cost of buying one. It’s the insurance, the vet bills, the food (they eat a lot!), vaccinations, toys, grooming, leashes, beds – the list feels huge! The reason it feels so big is because it is. You need to consider the long term and short term costs and make sure that you’re in a good financial position before you say yes to a dog.
Have you got the time?
It’s important that you don’t leave a dog at home alone all the time. You need to remember that dogs are social beings, and while they can be left on their own some of the time, you can’t leave them alone for hours on end without help. You don’t want your breed of dog to become lonely, right?
Can you take them for walks?
Are you working from home? Great, you’re in a better position to take them for walks through the day when they need them. Some breeds need longer walks than others, so ensure that you are staying on top of the walks for the breed you have – and that you have time and energy for them. You can hire a dog walker, but you’ll be sure to find out that this is an added expense you might not want!
How old is the dog?
Are you going for a brand new puppy? If so, they will need a lot more work than an older dog who is looking for a new home. You need to dedicate the time to looking after a puppy and be prepared to deal with the high energy dog you’re getting. Puppies are not the easy option and you might be hard pressed to handle one if you don’t have the physical ability to do so. You should think about the cost and time it takes to train a puppy and that might push you toward an older dog.
There are so many breeds out there, some who are known to be good for those with allergies and others who are known to be good for those without. There are some breeds said to be more dangerous than others, and some that are gentle and relaxed by nature. All of these things should be considered when you are choosing the breed of dog you want.
Are you planning to rescue a dog?
Rescuing a dog is a huge job. You should think about whether you are buying a dog because you want one or because you’re being asked to get one. When you take on a rescue dog, you may need to include costs of a trainer, too, because a trainer is going to help you to calm a rescue dog who may be nervous.
You need to ensure that time is considered because it will take time to get to know a rescue dog over any other kind. You should also consider whether a rescue dog will be good with children – and if they are not going to be, you need to choose another dog.
Are you already with kids or pets?
Some dogs cannot be around others – both animals and children. If you are dealing with either already, then it’s time to consider whether it’s a good idea. You will find that most dogs are pretty friendly with children but it’s worth researching breeds a lot more closely. That will determine whether you buy one breed or another. Take the time to research, research, research because once you do, you’re going to be spending money!
Is everyone on board?
If just one person in your house doesn’t want a dog, you shouldn’t get one. Some people don’t want one because they’re afraid, and others want a dog because they are nervous about their things being eaten or destroyed.
You might be eager to get a dog, but everyone has to be on board with taking on the responsibility. A dog should be welcomed by everyone in the home. If you take the decision to adopt a dog, then you should ensure that you discuss this thoroughly.
You have to get your home ready for a dog, and that involves buying a place for it to sleep and eat, as well as remove possible hazards. The last thing that you want is to find that your precious ornaments have been smashed by an over exuberant pup! You could consider stairgates and cupboard locks, too, in case of things being ruined. You like your shoes, right? Well, protecting them is important!
Choosing the right vet.
You want to ensure that you choose the right vet when it comes to your dog. He needs to be well looked after and you have to chip him so that if he goes missing you can find him again. You can compare pricing and reviews, too. There are plenty of websites dedicated to this!
Planning to get a dog takes a lot of money, time and energy. Ensuring that you are ready for it is important! Consider the ten points and go from there!