It’s no wonder that dogs are such a popular choice when it comes to pets. They are loving and affectionate, great fun, and make great companions. They can, however, be hard work, so it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. Here are 4 things you need to consider when getting a dog.
What size of dog is right for you?
When deciding on a dog breed, there are many things you need to take into consideration – size is one of them. If you live in a small home, then a Newfoundland or Weimaraner, for example, might not be the most ideal of choices. Dogs need space to roam around even when at home, so make sure that you consider how big they will be when fully grown.
Will you need to leave them alone regularly?
Most dogs love having company, and for many breeds, it’s a struggle to be left alone for any length of time. If you have a busy social life or go to work every day, you need to carefully consider how fair that is going to be on the dog. It is, of course, fine to leave them alone from time to time, but if you intend to leave them for long periods, it could cause problems. Hiring a dog walker or sending your pooch to doggy day care is a far more sensible approach.
Should I get my dog microchipped?
According to. Paoli Vetcare, a mainline vet and animal hospital, one in three pets will get lost at some time in their life. To make it easier to locate your dog in the event of it being lost or stolen, microchipping is a good idea. This simple procedure involves having a glass-encased microchip, around the size of a grain of rice, injected under the skin. The microchip transmits a low radio frequency signal which can be picked up by special scanners should you need to locate the whereabouts of your pet. It’s a very effective way to protect your dog and will give you additional peace of mind.
How much care does a dog need?
Caring for a dog (particularly when they are puppies) can be hard work, so it’s important to be aware of their needs before getting one. When you get a puppy, you will need to spend a fair amount of time toilet training. It should only take a couple of weeks but does take a fair bit of patience and perseverance.
Dogs need to be brushed regularly to keep their coat clean and healthy. If it becomes matted, it can be very painful, so a trip to the groomers now and again is also recommended. Regular exercise is another essential, so check what the guidelines are for the age and breed of your pet. A dog will make a wonderful pet, just be sure to give it the love, care, and attention it deserves.