Dogs make amazing pets. They are fun, loving and sometimes a bit silly too. But before you make the decision to get a new canine friend, there are a few things that you have to carefully consider. Remember it’s much better to do this before you actually get a dog. Then you won’t be surprised by a difficult situation. Or, have to consider rehoming your new pet somewhere else because they have turned out to be unsuitable.
Do you have the time?
Before you decide to introduce a dog into your family dynamic, you need to establish whether you have the time to genuinely look after it properly.
It’s no good getting a new pup and leaving on its own at home for 12 hours a day. You are just going to end up with either a wrecked home, where the puppy has chewed and peed on everything in sight. Or a very miserable dog, that has had to wait is a small area with no company and no toilet breaks. This will cause health and behavior problems. It is definitely not the right start for any animals you bring into your life.
Do you have the patience?
The next thing you need to consider is that so you and you family and have the patience for a dog? Some dogs are very playful as puppies, and it can take a lot of training to get the to behave. Are you willing to put in the effort to help them follow your commands to sit, fetch and the like?
Or, Is there someone in the family like a young child that can’t be relied upon to be in control of the animal without being cruel to it? If there is then, it might be better to get an older pretreated dog, as it is unfair on all parties otherwise.
What will you do when you go on holiday?
Another thing you need to think about is what you will do when you want to go on vacation? Having a house full of animals is great until you want to go away, then what do you do?
You can ask a neighbor to come in and feed them. Or you can put them in a pet boarding facility for the duration of your trip. If so, choose on where you know that each dog is given individual attention and that their training will be reinforced not forgotten.
Do you have the space for the breed that you are getting?
Something that many potential dog owners forget to check is that they have enough space in their home and yard for the type of breed that they are getting. If you have a particularly large or powerful breed like a German Shepherd or a Doberman you will need a lot of land for it to run around on. If you just haven’t got the space, then you should adjust your choice of breed accordingly.