The saying goes, “a dog is a man’s best friend”. In reality, a dog can be anyone’s best friend, whether you’re a male, female, an adult, or child. There are many breeds of dogs to choose from and knowing what type fits your family and lifestyle, will help in narrowing down your choices. There are a few things to take into consideration before shopping for your new addition. Be sure to do your research before bringing home your new companion.
Depending on where you live, will play a huge part in deciding which type of dog to choose. If you own your own home and have a fenced in yard, your choice is limitless. In apartment living, the type of pup you choose will be dependent on your specific rental agreement. Most apartments have a size and weight limit for dogs. If you live in a condominium, you can choose any breed, taking into consideration the size of your condo and also, the amount of outdoor space. All dogs need an outdoor area for bathroom time and to exercise. The larger dogs need more space to exercise than the smaller dogs.
Depending on your lifestyle also plays a vital role in choosing the breed of dog you or your family chooses. For example, if you are single and work full-time, consider choosing a dog that doesn’t require as much attention, has mild mannerisms, and is easily potty trained. If you have small children, finding a dog that is playful, not aggressive, and easy to handle, would be best suitable for your family. Consider a puppy that will grow up with your children. They will have a special bond with their dog and a lifetime of memories. A busy family, parents at work, children at school, would also benefit from a dog with mild mannerisms, easy to potty train, and doesn’t require a lot of attention. If you are looking for a dog for security and protection, you would want to consider a larger dog and a dog that has those protective instincts. An elderly person might want to consider an elderly dog, which older dogs are more tame and housebroken.
The decision to acquire a dog needs to be agreed upon by the whole family. A dog is a long term commitment. Choosing a dog that you think is cute, will aide in the bonding between you and your animal. Getting a dog that doesn’t appeal to you could cause you to lose interest in your dog later on.
Acquiring a pet involves associated cost. Making a veterinarian appointment for your animal is crucial to your pets health. Some breeds of dogs are prone to health problems. Dogs with long, floppy ears seem to get more ear infections than other dogs. Pugs, or dogs with flat noses and faces, tend to develop breathing problems. Be sure to check with your local veterinarian about any health risks associated with the breed you choose. Depending on where you purchase your dog, a shelter, breeder, or pet store, you need to ask the attendant if your dogs shots are up to date. Also ask the associate about the behaviors of your dog since they would know the animal best from taking care of him or her. If you are receiving your dog from a breeder, ask if you may see the parents of your dog. Interacting with your dogs parents will give you a general idea of how your dog may act when he gets older.
Another cost related to the health of your dog is dog food. Larger dogs naturally require more food than smaller dogs. Keeping treats on hand for your animal to help with maintaining his teeth and also to keep your dog from chewing on your stuff.
Most importantly, you need dog tags and a license for your new animal. These can be purchased at your local shelter and some veterinarian offices. Call ahead so that you know the deadline on when the license and tags need to be purchased by after acquiring your pet.
Preparing to bring your companion home
Finally, the day has come to bring your pet home. Following is a list of items to have so that you are prepared;
– food dishes
– dog food
– collar & leash
– chew toys
Congratulations! You are now ready for dog ownership.