So, you’re thinking about getting a puppy. Puppies are extremely cute and cuddly, virtually impossible to resist when facing the choice of buying one to live with you for the next 10 years or so. However, you need to be sure that you’re actually ready for a puppy before going ahead and buying one. They won’t be small and cute forever, and they’ll probably like to chew up your favourite shoes when you’re out too. Here’s how to work out whether you’re ready for a dog:
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Can You Afford a Dog?
This is one of the most important questions of all, as affording a dog goes way beyond simply buying the puppy. You could end up spending anything from £500 – £1000 per year on your dog, are you ready for that commitment? If your dog turns out to have a health condition, you may have to spend even more to keep him in good health. Take a look at www.perfectpetskin.co.uk to get an idea of the kinds of treatment you may have to buy for your dog. If you’re attitude to this is that you would just get rid of the dog, then you definitely aren’t ready for a dog. A dog becomes part of the family, and one of your best friends, so you should be prepared to care for them both emotionally and financially no matter what happens.
Do You Have The Right Kind of Home for a Dog?
Pet proofing your home is quite different to child proofing your home. Dogs can be very sneaky indeed, especially if it comes to food left lying around or something that looks nice and chewable. Your dog will need proper training when it comes to live with you, which will be a big learning curve for you and for the dog. Watch programs like The Dog Whisperer and Dog Borstal, or take your dog to a trainer. If you spoil your dog, you’ll likely come across problems in the future (chewed up tables, furniture, fittings). If you have a rented home, you’ll need to check that the landlord allows dogs. Plus, even if the landlord does allow dogs, you won’t want a huge German shepherd in a small apartment!
Do You Have The Lifestyle Suitable for a Dog?
If you work long hours, travel a lot, or spend a lot of time with friends, you’ll need to make adjustments and accommodate your lifestyle for a dog. If you aren’t willing to do that, then you’re not ready for a dog. You should consider exercise for your dog, training time, grooming time, and veterinary care; if you’re willing to make adjustments after considering those factors then it looks as if you could be ready.
Are You Fit and Healthy?
Any health issues you have could make it more difficult to care for a dog. Is there someone else who can help you, just incase? You may need to choose your breed based on what you’ll be able to care for properly, as all breeds need different levels of care and attention.