Checklist Before You Buy Your First Dog


Hold on… Are You Buying Your First Pet Dog? Do you understand the responsibilities? You have assumed the moment you plan to buy a pup/dog. A dog can be a great addition to your family as long as you are all in it together. A dog needs lots of attention and training in order to be a joy instead of a pain. Also, think of the type of dog you wish to get.

It is important before making any more progress with your plans to be sure that everyone in the family and even those people who work in the house really wants a puppy. In order to manage a puppy successfully, It must be wanted by all the family and they must all feel equal goodwill towards it. The confident happy dog, which feels that the world is a reliable place where human behavior is consistent will bring you compliments everywhere.

Here is a Check List which You should complete before making any plans to bring a pup home. 

    • Have we sufficient Space for a dog indoors and out? Dogs should not be left alone for long periods of time during a day. Going to work should be fine as long as you have a crate, but remember your dog had physical needs also. Can we provide companionship and interest for the dogs for the greater part of the day, especially when it’s young? As I said, Dogs should not be left alone. If you find your male dog is trying to dominate your household and he is unneutered, take him to your veterinarian and have him neutered. This should stop the aggressive behavior also. 
    • Is your garden sufficiently well fenced to keep a dog in?
    • Where will you take the dog for exercise, Away from motor traffic and where it can be let off the lead easily and regularly? 
    • Can you afford to feed a dog properly and pay for regular vaccinations and boosters to protect it from disease?
    • Have you budgeted for veterinary Fees in illness and accident or for an insurance policy to cover those fees and our third-party liability if our dog should cause an injury or damage to another person’s property? 
    • Is your family or our environment likely to change in the foreseeable future, making the conditions for having a dog less suitable? Giving a pet as a gift whether it is a new puppy, kitten, ferret, or bunny rabbit is never a good idea.
    •  Can we make plans for the dog when we go on holiday? Have we budgeted for boarding kennel expenses?
    • Do all the family really want a dog and are we willing to be responsible owners, not allowing our dog to be a nuisance in any way?
    • Are we happy to accept the inconveniences associated with dog ownership?
    • Does everyone in your home wish to get a dog?
    • Who will be solely responsible for this new pet?

Additionally, you should remember, If you live in an apartment I would not suggest getting something like a German Shepherd or a Newfoundland. Both breeds are large and demand more room out of your small space.

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