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Thinking of homing a new dog? A few things to consider...

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Here comes trouble...A new puppy in the home requires a lot of preparation.

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:

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Your lifestyle & living situation

Consider your daily routine and work schedule (whether that means you’re working from home or not). Think about your living arrangements, and any commitments or hobbies 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 needs less exercise may be a better choice. Remember, 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. Costs such as food, vets bills/insurance, toys and essentials, and grooming (some dogs could need grooming once a month) can mount up. Consider your household budget, and whether that budget might change significantly in the foreseeable future. Think about whether you can afford the ongoing expenses of owning a dog, which can change as they get older.

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 & 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. You might also need to hire professional trainers, walkers, day care etc. Ask other dog parents for recommendations. Research these professionals thoroughly before committing. Most should be happy to have a chat or a trial period.

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 may be older, but 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.

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In conclusion…

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. Spend time researching different breeds to find one that matches your lifestyle and personality. It’s not all about how they look. You need to have the best chance possible to build a mutually positive relationship.

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.

Finally, remember to buy essentials such as bowls, beds and leads (and items like this to tackle accidents) before welcoming your friend to their new home.

Share your experiences and advice on homing a new furry friend in the comments below.

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