Becoming a dog owner

Before you get carried away thinking that owning a dog is a sunny walk in the park… Stop. Owning a dog is a 10-year commitment (at least). Yes, dogs are affectionate and loyal and devoted, but you need to make sure that you can be all these things in return. Your dog will depend on you for shelter, food, health care, exercise and affection.

06 May 2015 By Eleanor Comments

It’s important to ask yourself the following questions and to answer honestly.

  • Can you afford a dog? Be honest, when you add up the pet bills, weekly food costs, kennelling, toys and treats, there’s a lot of money that needs to go into owning a dog.

 

  • Do you have time to groom your dog regularly? Long-coated dogs in particular will need daily hair care.

 

  • If you already have a dog, cat, fish or guinea pig at home… How will they react to you bringing home a new dog?

 

Getting prepared for owning a dog 

  • Is your family happy to get a dog and share the responsibility?

  

  • Are you prepared to walk your dog for at least 20 minutes a day? Every day. Rain, hail, shine, holidays. Every day.

Dogs need walking 

  • Are you able to make sure your dog isn’t left alone for more than 4 hours at a time? (This could mean having lunch at home or having a neighbour drop by to take them for a walk.)

 

  • Does anyone in your household have an allergy to dogs? 

Unhappy dog

  

  • Is your home suitable for a dog? Access to a garden or park, renting agreements and appropriate fencing all need to be considered before bringing a dog home.

Dog on the beach

 

Take a good look at these questions, perhaps even go through them with household members to determine whether you are all ready to take on the commitment of owning a dog.

 

If you find that you are prepared to take on the challenge and ready to bring a cute canine into your life, then it’s time to discover which dog breed is right for you.

 

06 May 2015 By Eleanor Comments

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