Thinking of homing a new dog? A few things to consider...
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If you’re thinking about getting a new dog, whether a puppy or a rescue, there are a few things to consider before making the commitment to a furry companion. Bringing a new dog into your life can be a wonderful experience, but it requires time, effort, and resources to ensure a happy and healthy relationship.
Here are some of the (occasionally overlooked) things to think about when getting a new dog:
- Your lifestyle and living situation: Consider your daily routine, work schedule (whether that means you’re working from home or not), living arrangements, and any other commitments you have. Certain breeds and sizes of dogs may be better suited for different lifestyles and living situations. For example, if you live in an flat with no garden or outside space, a smaller dog or a breed that doesn’t require a lot of exercise may be a better fit. Remember that you may have to fit your life around your dog, not the other way around.
- The cost of owning a dog: Owning a dog can be expensive, with costs such as food, vets bills/insurance, toys and essentials, and grooming (some dogs could need grooming once a month). Consider your budget, whether that budget might change significantly in the foreseeable future, and whether you can afford the ongoing expenses of owning a dog.
- Time commitment: Dogs require time and attention, including daily walks, regular brushing (depending on the breed), playtime, and training. If you work long hours or have other commitments that would prevent you from spending time with your dog, consider whether it’s the right time to get one.
- Training and socialisation: Dogs need training and socialisation to be well-behaved and happy members of your family or household. Consider whether you have the time, energy and resources to train and socialise your dog, or if you would need to hire professional trainers, walkers, day care etc.
- Adoption or buying from a breeder: Consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue organisation instead of buying from a breeder. Not only will you be giving a dog in need a loving home, but you’ll also be supporting a good cause. Remember, where puppies need training, rescue dogs can have their own behavioural issues – they don’t come ready-made for your home. Be prepared to work to help your dog become comfortable with their new life and surroundings.
Once you’ve considered these factors and decided that getting a dog is right for you, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of dog would be a good fit. Consider factors such as breed, size, temperament, and energy level, and spend time researching different breeds to find one that matches your lifestyle and personality.
Overall, getting a new dog can be a rewarding experience that brings joy and companionship into your life. By carefully considering your lifestyle, budget, and other factors, you can ensure that you and your new furry friend will have a long and happy relationship.