Dogs aren’t called man’s best friend for nothing. They offer so much love and joy, making them a welcomed addition to any family. They can also be a lot of work and there are many factors to consider so we’ve put together some things you need to think about when buying your first dog.
Deciding the breed
One of the fundamental decisions you will need to make is what kind of dog you are going to get. All breeds differ. Whether it be size, eating habits or personality you must find a breed that will fit in. Some dogs hate being alone. Some don’t need much exercise and many need lots of daily activity. So, before you decide it’s really important to get the right breed for you and your family.
How big is going to get?
You need to consider how big the dog is going to get. If space in your home is no issue this isn’t so much of a concern. If, however, you are living in a tiny bungalow, it’s something that you need to think about.
What will my dog eat?
Just as with humans, its important your dog gets a balanced diet. Different breeds require different things. Products like Eukanuba dog food offer high-quality meals with ingredients tailored to your pet’s needs. You must investigate what’s right for your dog before buying it. There are also lots of treats and chews available specific to your dog’s needs.
Maintenance and care
Some dogs require lots of maintenance. Whether it be brushing, teeth cleaning or nail clipping, it’s an ongoing responsibility. Before your dog’s arrival, do some research as to what daily and regular tasks will be needed.
You will need a comfy bed for your dog to sleep in. Puppies in particularly like to chew things so when you are not there, you will probably want to have a cage to put it in. When training, puppy pads are a welcomed addition. A lead and collar are essential for when taking your new dog for a walk and you don’t want to leave the house without some poo bags!
Peace of mind
It’s a very good idea to get insurance for your new addition. Premiums vary depending on the level of cover. If your dog breaks its leg or gets ill, insurance should cover vet bills. If you decide not to take insurance make yourself aware of the costs that you could incur should something happen. It can be very expensive!
There are now many companies who will take your dog for a walk whilst you are working or away. You can even find dog sitters who will move into your home if you are going on holiday. If you are working full time, ensuring your dog gets regular toilet breaks isn’t going to be easy. Getting a dog walker is a great idea and could make the decision to get a dog a far easier one.