Are you thinking of getting a dog? Buying or adopting a dog is a big decision and there are some aspects that you will need to think hard about in order to be able to provide for the dog. Here are 10 things you should consider before choosing your canine friend:
1. If you chose to get a puppy, they require a lot of house training. Be prepared to have things chewed up or ruined and ensure you have the time and money to train the puppy.
2. If you don’t spend much time at home during the day but you really want a dog, think about who can walk your dog and let it out to do its business. A dog walker could be a great investment. Try and choose a breed of dog to fit in with your lifestyle!
3. In the summer months, your dog is at risk of getting fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment, The flea’s bite can cause itching which can be quite severe and leads to hair-loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Vet medic flea spray has a great active against fleas to prevent your dog from getting fleas.
4. You will need to invest a lot of energy into caring for a dog. If you live alone and work long hours think about getting a pet that needs less attention.
5. Have you thought about what type of breed of dog will suit your home and area. Do you have a back garden? Do you have a small home etc.? A large dog may feel claustrophobic in a small house. Large dogs belong in big places with lots of space to roam.
7. You will need to take your dog to have regular appointments at the vets. This can sometimes be expensive depending on whether your dog needs any treatments or vaccinations.
8. Keep expensive items under lock and key, as well as your favourite clothes and anything that a dog could try and eat which would cause him/her to become ill. Dogs love to wander around investigate, sniff, rip up and taste objects, especially when they’re a puppy. Ensure there is nothing dangerous around your home which they could get their paws on.
A dog can be your best friend and make you very happy. Enjoy having a dog, go on walks to destinations you’ve always wanted to go and make the most of having a dog!
According to research, dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than non-pet owners. This is because it is harder to stay inside feeling down and the interaction and love received from a dog can help you stay positive – if that’s not a reason to get a dog, I don’t know what is!