Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A Checklist for Buying a New Dog

I have loved being around animals ever since I can remember; I’ve always felt completely at ease around them, especially the faithful canine. I cannot recommend enough getting a furry friend to call a new member of your family, but I have seen too often people buy a puppy for Christmas and not understand the full responsibility attached. If you’re thinking about getting your own wonderful little puppy, then read this checklist first to make sure you’ve got everything covered…

How much room do you have?

This is an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people think it’s perfectly fine to keep a bulky Siberian Husky in a tiny one-bedroom flat. Remember, this issue of space isn’t just about making sure that the dog has everything they need; of course they need to stretch their legs that were born to run, but it’s also about mental stimulation.  

If you came home to a chewed up sofa and torn curtains, your first instinct might be to yell at the dog for behaving badly, but this kind of behaviour is the animal acting out because of pent up boredom, anger and frustration. Don’t be cruel to yourself or your dog; make sure you buy a breed that will fit into your environment. 

How much money do you have put aside?

Before you commit to buying a dog, be honest about the kind of budget you’re able to allocate to it. Although owning a dog might be your dream, if it will reduce you to beans on toast every night or not being able to pay the gas bill, then it really isn’t worth it. 

When it comes to bills, you need to be realistic and write down everything the dog will need immediately, as well as over time. For example, to start with they will need bowls, food, lead and collar, toys, a bed, and probably neutering and their first set of vaccinations. Then there are the ongoing costs such as pet insurance to keep in mind, and what about high maintenance breeds? I saw the most beautiful Samoyed puppies for sale in Glasgow, but I certainly wouldn’t be able to afford the regular grooming bill! 

How much time can you give them?

This is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make; your puppy could live for up to 20 years, so it’s not something to be taken lightly. The most important question on your checklist should be, how much of my time can I realistically devote to my puppy?  

You don’t have to work from home to have a dog, but you need to make sure you have evenings free at the very least to spend time with them and take them for walks. You’re their whole world, so if you’re a night owl who likes to work hard and head out every evening, a dog isn’t really for you. 

What did you think of my checklist? Are you still set on getting a puppy?

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