How To Be A Good Dog Owner
Before making the decision about buying a new dog, here are some points you should consider:
1. Is someone at home for most of the day?
A dog, especially a puppy, should not be left on its own for more than a few hours at a time. If you are out at work from 9-5 don’t get a dog unless you can construct satisfactory arrangements with a friend to let the dog out.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself”
2. What about the holidays?
It is sad to say that more puppies are destroyed at vacation hours than any other. Unless you have a helpful family to look after your dog, be prepared for the expense of boarding kennels. Because of the increase in work expenses, reputable kennels now have to make a higher charge- don’t forget to book well ahead.
3. Are you prepared for the cost of keeping a puppy?
This includes not only the cost of food, and kennels on a holiday day, but also the cost of vaccinations and also possible veterinary fees in case of illness. A dog, like a child, can fall ill quite suddenly and unexpectedly, so be prepared for any eventuality. Take out pet insurance for peace of mind.
To keep healthy and happy, puppies need a daily workout, and this entails a good run in a field or park, or video games with a ball, not just a saunter round to the stores on a leash. If you love your dog, be prepared to sacrifice some of your leisure time each day, whatever the climate. If you can’t provide this kind of exercise to a dog, consider devoting a home to an older dog. Your local puppies home may have just the right one for you.
5. Family circumstances
Dogs and children usually love each other and get on well, but don’t build the errors of to purchase a young puppy for a small child. Young children can be very cruel and a puppy may be badly thrown about. Worse still a young pup’s bones may easily be broken if a child treats it like a toy. Wait until the children are older and a little more responsible.
If you don’t have much time to spare, choose a puppy with a smooth or wire coat which needs little attention to keep it tidy. Long and curly-coated dogs look beautiful, but there is a requirement for daily grooming to keep them this style. Poodles need regular trimming, as well as grooming, so unless you are able to do this yourself be prepared for an extra expense.