Things To Consider Before You Bring A Dog Into The Family
Although bringing a dog into your family is one of the most exciting things you can ever do, you need to be sure you’re ready for the responsibility before you say yes. Despite being one of the most loving animals on the planet, dogs require a lot of love and attention and if you’re not able to give them that, you may need to rethink. Whether it’s buying the right food, taking them on long walks or paying for their vet bills, you need to be sure you can give 100% all the time. To help you be sure you’re making the right decision, here are 10 things you may want to consider before you get a dog.
Why You Should Get A Dog
Before getting started, you may want to think about why you want to bring a dog into your family in the first place. If this is the first time you are thinking about getting a pet, you need to be sure that you have thought of absolutely everything. Here are some of the best possible reasons to bring a dog into your home:
- They can help increase your mood drastically
- They’re incredibly fun and playful
- They can help improve your physical well-being, as well as your mental well-being
- They make excellent service animals, should you need one
- They’re great at knowing how to act with children
- They can encourage responsibility and compassion
- They can help protect kids from skin conditions and allergies
- They can help you recover quickly from illness
- They increase your chances of social interaction whilst walking
- They can encourage you to meet likeminded people
- There’s never a dull moment when they’re around
- They really are man’s best friend
Now that you know whether or not a dog is for you, what do you need to think about before you bring one into your home?
- What Is Your Budget?
The first thing you need to think about is your budget. Although you may not want to put a price on your new family pet, no matter where you go you’re going to have to pay for your dog in one way or another. Whether you’re purchasing them from an online seller or you’re rescuing them from a shelter, there will be a lot of associated costs to think about. The best thing to do when setting your budget is to research the average cost of a dog, focussing on the breed of dog you would like. For example, if you wanted a chocolate lab, you would search for chocolate labradors for sale.
- What Breed Do You Want?
As mentioned above, you need to decide what breed of dog it is you want. Whilst this may be an incredibly difficult decision, most people find it easier to choose this based off of dogs they have interacted with in the past. If you’re rescuing a dog from a shelter, you will be able to choose a breed based on the dog that you find you’re most connected with. For advice when it comes to choosing the right dog breed for you, you can visit this site here.
- Do You Have Space For Them?
It is important to consider whether or not you have space for your dog at home. Although they won’t need an entire room to themselves, they are going to need a place to sleep and space to run around during the day. If you have a small home that is already feeling overcrowded, you may want to consider waiting until you have something bigger. If you really want to get a dog and you have no plans to move, you need to consider the average size of the dog you are choosing in order to make the best possible decision.
- Do You Have The Time To Dedicate To Them?
Another important thing to consider when you’re thinking of bringing a dog into your family is whether or not you have the time to dedicate to them. Dogs require a lot of love and attention and need to be sure that you can give them that before you agree to bring one into your home. Whether it’s taking them for a walk or playing with them when you get home from work, they will become lonely if you do not pay them attention. For tips and tricks when it comes to spending time with your dogs, you can visit this site here.
- Can You Afford Their Vet Bill, Toys And Food?
Although this post has already looked at the costs associated with buying a dog, you need to consider whether or not you can afford these costs throughout the entirety of your pets life. You will need to pay for vet bills, toys and food, so ensure you can afford this before you make your final decision.
- Will They Get On With Your Children?
If you have children living at home with you, you need to think about whether or not they are going to get on with your new family member. Not only is it important that you choose a dog that behaves well with children, but it is important you teach your kids how to act around them.
- Where Will You Get Them From?
Deciding where you’re going to buy your dog from is a big decision, especially if you have never bought a pet before. Whilst you can rely on stores and home sellers, rescuing a pet from a shelter can be a much more rewarding experience.
- What Age Will You Be Buying Them At?
Again, this is something that depends on where you’re going to be buying your new pet. If you’re getting them from a pet shop or a home seller, you will most likely find that they’re at a very young age. If you’re rescuing a dog, they can be absolutely any age when they’re discovered. The best thing to do is think about what will be best for you and your family, as you may not have a suitable home to bring an old rescue dog into. If you’re going to be buying a puppy, make sure you’re buying from a seller that is trusted. Often sellers will try to sell them before they’re allowed to leave their mother, so make sure this is not the case. For guidance when it comes to buying a puppy at the right age, you can visit this site here.
- Does Anyone Have Any Allergies In Your Home?
Another important thing to consider when you’re looking to bring a dog into your home is whether or not anyone in your family has any allergies. Although they may not show any symptoms to dogs currently, you may find that after a couple of weeks they start to show. Whilst this can’t be prevented, you need to be prepared for this to happen and have a contingency plan in place.
- Do You Have Any Concerns?
Finally, you need to think about whether or not you have any concerns about bringing a dog into your home. Whether it’s worrying about puppy training or concerns about looking after their health, doing as much research as you possibly can will help put you at ease. If you’re unsure about the best way to raise a puppy, you may want to speak to a professional before you reach your final decision.
Are you thinking of bringing a dog into your family? What do you need to consider before you do? Let me know in the comments section below.