Are you thinking about buying a dog?
Dogs can be wonderful, loyal companions; capable of being excellent friends to young and old alike, however it’s important that you don’t rush head first into purchasing one as taking ownership of one.
Do you have what it takes?
Taking ownership of a pet is a serious decision that should not be taken lightly. All animals (regardless of the species) take time, patience and space to look after – dogs are no exception to this rule. Although breeds vary greatly in size, all dogs require regular exercising, socialising and correct feeding in order to live a fulfilling life. Before you buy or adopt your dog you should think carefully about whether you have the time, space and necessary funds to keep your new pet. Not only will you have to pay for the dog’s food but you’ll also have to be prepared for vet bills that you might incur for surgeries, vaccinations or other medical procedures.
What breed of dog do you want to buy?
Although it might be tempting to simply buy your dog based on its appearance we would strongly avoid against doing so. A dog’s temperament and physical attributes vary greatly depending on its breed, as well as its upbringing. You might find that a certain breed of dog is perhaps more eager to please, whereas another might well prove to be more independent in thinking. Similarly, there will be breeds of dogs that are better suited to living with families, whereas others might prefer living with a sole owner. It’s a good idea to do some research into the personality traits of your future dog before you make your purchase.
Buying a puppy?
Many families want to raise a dog from a puppy which is completely understandable, however this decision should not be made lightly as training a dog from scratch is often a time consuming challenge. If you choose to cut corners in the early stages of the dog’s development it could lead to the animal acting in an unsociable manner in the future. If you do choose to buy a puppy then it’s really important that you buy it from a responsible breeder who is registered with The Kennel Club. Professional breeders raise dogs in line with the law and with the dog’s best interests in mind, rather than their profits.
Although puppies might seem like the most attractive option, a rescue dog can prove to be just as rewarding to keep. There are dog rescue centres all over the country, some are run by charities such as the Dog’s Trust, whereas some councils run theirs as a way to manage the number of strays or abandoned dogs in your area. Thousands of dogs are rescued each year from poor homes, these animals are usually in very good health and come vaccinated and wormed. Some rescue dogs might have behavioural issues, however ironing these issues out is part of the reward of in training you new pet.