Buying a dog is an exciting process. That said there are many things to consider before purchasing, such as do you have enough space for a dog? Have you factored in the costs of owning a dog or what type of dog you would like? Before committing to purchasing a dog, you should always do your research to make sure it’s right for you – after all, pets for life. And after you’ve done your research we are sure you will love your new furry friend. Below are 4 things to consider before buying a dog.
Do you have enough time for a dog?
One of the first things you should be asking yourself before getting a dog, is do you have enough time? Owning a dog requires a lot of dedication and attention. Not only do you need to take them on walks every day but you can’t leave them on their own for too long either. Dogs are great fun, and beneficial to most families but if you have a busy social life, then you may not have the time for a dog or will need to make sacrifices.
Costs of owning a dog
Dog’s don’t come cheap. First off is the cost to buy a dog. After that is the monthly running costs of owning a dog. These can include buying the best natural dog food, monthly vet bills and dog toys. Although it does add up, dogs are still affordable but the last thing you want to do is overstretch yourself. Before purchasing a dog, it’s always worth putting a spreadsheet together to work out the overall costs of owning one.
The type of dog you would like to own
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on your preference you can find a dog to match your lifestyle. Some dogs are bigger and require longer and more frequent walks, whilst others are smaller and can get away with one walk a day. If you have smaller children you may want a smaller dog or one that has more patience. Some dogs are easier to train whilst others enjoy running around and being more active.
Is your home dog friendly?
Something that you need to consider is how dog-friendly your home is? A major part of owning a dog is making it’s surroundings safe. Is your garden safe and secure for them to run around in or do you need to get some fencing put in? What type of furniture do you have within your property and is it dog proof? Remember dogs can jump up on the sofa and cause a mess. If you are thinking of making some changes to your garden, Pinterest is great for some inspiration. There are many pet goodies that you can get to put around your house if you want to make some changes at the same time.
Have you recently got a dog and what things did you consider before purchasing one? Did any of the above points come to mind? What type of dog are you looking into getting? Let us know in the comment box below.