Owning a dog can be the beginning of many years of happiness. Dogs make wonderful pets for those who are prepared to offer time, patience, love and commitment.
Remember a dog is for life. Please read the following before taking on the huge responsibility of dog ownership.
Things To Consider
There are however a few things you will want to consider, such as the size of your yard, the time you will need to exercise and groom the dog and the costs associated with feeding, veterinary care, and boarding while you are on holidays.
You will also need to take into account the number of hours each day the puppy will be left alone and whether you want your dog to spend most of its time inside, outside, or whether you will crate train the dog or not.
The answers to these questions can help determine which breed is best suited to you and your family’s lifestyle.
Puppies also need regular and consistent training. It is essential that all members of the family are able to give the dog basic commands to help reinforce the puppy's place in the family hierarchy. Once a puppy knows its place it will help it grow into a well adjusted confident dog.
Buying a dog is the same as buying anything else that requires a long-term commitment, the more you know the better off you will be. This advice applies to all aspects of buying a dog, from selecting the breed to deciding upon a breeder. We strongly recommend that you spend enough time investigating and doing all your research before buying a dog or puppy. Remember a dog is for life!!
Choosing a breed
The advantage of a purebred dog is that you have a pretty good idea of their size, temperament, exercise requirements, grooming needs, trainability and any other special needs the puppy or dog may have. Knowing what your puppy will look like when it is a fully grown dog and the kind of care he will need as an adult, is key in selecting the best breed of dog for you.
Picking a breed of dog that has exercise requirements and activity levels similar to your own will lead a happier life together. If you’re a couch potato, picking a dog breed that needs a lot of exercise will only lead to an unhappy union. It really pays to do some homework to make sure that you select the right dog for you and your family.
While researching the breed for you always be honest with yourself. Think about the size of your house or your apartment. Will that Grey Hound be happy in your tiny studio apartment? Does your yard have a fence?
Remember it is okay to change your mind about which breed you want or if you really want the responsibility of owning a dog at all. That is the whole point of doing the research.
Selecting a breeder
Buy your puppy from a responsible and well-respected breeder. This cannot be stressed enough. Responsible breeders are concerned with the betterment of the breed. For example, they work on breeding healthier dogs with the appropriate temperament for their breed.
Talk to breeders and ask them lots of questions. A responsible breeder will eagerly answer your questions and share their experience and knowledge with you.
Once you select a breeder, screen the breeder. Ask to see at least one of the parents (the dam or the sire) of your puppy. See how the dogs in your breeder's home interact with your breeder. Are they friendly and outgoing or do they shy away?
They will also be interviewing you to ascertain whether you will make a good owner for their precious pup. Be suspicious of a breeder that doesn't ask about you, your experience with dogs, why you want that particular breed of dog or about the garden in which you plan to keep the dog.
How much does a puppy cost?
This is no time to hunt for a bargain. Your new puppy will be a member of your family for its lifetime, so you'll want to make a wise investment. Responsible breeders charge fair prices and you should have a pretty good idea of the going rate for your preferred breed of dog from your research.
Can you afford a puppy?
The purchase price of your puppy is just the beginning of the expenses. A puppy will need proper care including good food, health care, annual shots as well as registration, vaccination, a collar with identification tag, food and water bowls, a bed and a leash.
Your puppy will have lifelong healthcare needs and injuries or illnesses can happen at any time, regardless of how well you care for your dog.
Owning a dog is hugely rewarding but it is also a big responsibility.
Caring for your dog
All dogs must be cared for daily. This means proper diet, exercise, grooming and veterinary attention.
Obedience training for you and your dog
One way to make your dog a good an upstanding member of the community is to have them well trained. A well-trained dog is the result of the dog's owner being able to work with the dog regularly and systematically. This time, effort and patience are other aspects that should be factored into your decision to own a dog.
Just in case we hadn't mentioned it, remember a dog is for life! So put a lot of time and thought into deciding if a dog is right for you and your lifestyle.
Then give careful consideration on getting a dog that fits your lifestyle and living arrangements - there is no point getting a Chihuahua if you are going to leave them outside, or a Leonberger in a small apartment.
If you are confident that you can provide them with the home they deserve, and you pick carefully, you will find yourself with a pet like no other