You’ve decided to get a new dog because:
A) The children’s persistent whining has finally worn you down.
B) You think walking a big dog is cool, and will attract the attention of passers-by.
C) You feel sorry for all the homeless pets in the shelter.
D) The puppy in the pet-shop window is just too beautiful for words.
E) You’ve been thinking about welcoming an animal companion into your home for quite a while. Then, one day, everything is in place and you know that the time is right.
Although people have taken in pets for all of the above reasons, the right answer, of course, must be “E.” It is crucially important to consider the impact a new pet will have on your family, as well as the feelings of the animal, before you adopt.
We all know that owning a dog is wonderful; it encourages you to exercise, teaches children about responsibility and gives you unconditional affection. However, before you bring a dog or puppy home, you need to be sure it’s the right pet for you.
1. Think about why you want a dog and whether it will realistically be able to fulfill your expectations. Never buy on impulse.
2. Does everyone in the household want a dog, especially the person who is to be left with it most of the time?
3. Dogs are not suitable as “surprise presents”
4. Remember puppies grow into dogs; you have a commitment to your dog for its whole life. A puppy bought for an 8-year-old child could still need your care when the child is married with children of their own.
5. Dogs can take up a relatively large space on the floor and (especially) in the car. Is your home/car really suitable for the size /breed you want?
6. How well will your carpets (and the person who cleans up) cope with dog hairs and mud? How much will you mind having holes dug in the lawn?
7. Dogs cannot be left alone for very long periods of time. Dogs and work can mix, but allow for hobbies, which take you out of the house, as well as your job. Will there always be someone there, or is Mum going back to work in a couple of years? (If so have you considered adopting an older dog instead of a puppy?)
8. Do you have time to give your dog the attention it needs – grooming, exercising, training etc?
9. Think about when and where you will walk the dog. Are you prepared to go out in all weathers? Do you have access places for exercising? Check that these are not “dog banned” areas.
10. Will everyone in the family “pick up” after the dog in public places?
11. Can you afford the dog’s keep? Allow for damage done by your teething puppy, veterinary attention yearly vaccinations, regular worming and parasite treatment, illnesses or accidents, kennels if you go away, and lots of other little extras. Feeding costs can vary but the size of the dog isn’t always a guide! A large “would-be dustbin” may cost less to feed than a smaller canine gourmet!
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