Barking up the Right Tree: Make Sure You Pick the Right Canine for You
So you want to get a dog? Well, you’re not alone. Indeed, dogs are the most popular pet in the US, with over 40% of households having a canine member. But, if you are serious about getting a dog you’re going to understand the right dog for your circumstances. Take all these things into account before you make your choice to ensure you get it right.
Do You Have Kids?
You may not consider it an important factor, but whether you have kids will have a big bearing on the dog you get. If you have young children, you don’t want an animal that’s going to be naturally aggressive. You also don’t want a dog that’s too big as this is how accidents can happen. The children will need to be comfortable with your dog, and vice versa. Your children must always be your priority, and they will play a big part in the kind of dog you get.
Have You Got Time for a Dog?
One of the things not enough people consider is whether they have time to own a dog. This is something you need to think carefully about. It’s important to consider that a dog needs a lot of care and attention. A dog also needs activity on a regular basis. If you and your partner/family lead busy lives and you work a lot, then a dog may not be right for you. Work out what you’ll need to do when you own a dog and make sure you have the time to carry out these needs.
Can You Afford A Dog?
You must remember that owning and looking after a dog is expensive. And you need to make sure you know the costs that are involved. Make sure you do your research and read about the costs involved. Whether you read a guide to buying a Dalmatian or the costs involved in raising a German Shepherd, you need to know what you’re dealing with. It’s no good getting the animal and then not being able to look after it. On average, we Americans spend around $180 per month on our canine buddies. So, you need to work out if you have this money, and if you can cover additional costs like medical treatment.
Where Will You Get Your Dog From?
Think about where you want to get your pet from. Bear in mind, there will be extensive questions asked, and maybe a bit of information required to prove you are able to look after the dog. You could go to a pet store to get your animal as a puppy. Or, you may want to take on the pet of a friend or family member. But, if you really want to be a hero to an animal rescue shelter you can adopt one of their puppies. This is helping local shelters and ensuring one more dog gets a good home.
Choosing the perfect dog for you and your home is the best way to add some excitement to your life. But, it’s also important to make sure you understand what is involved in owning a dog. You need to take a lot of factors into consideration when choosing a dog and make sure he is right for you.
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