One of the nice things about adulthood is that we no longer have to ask parents to get a puppy. You are an adult – do what you like! And, of course, you can get a puppy – your own cozy, fluffy, happy friend – right now. Having a dog is cool. Raising a puppy is a terrific experience that makes you the most loyal friend of your life. But do you know how much work it will be? Do you understand how this three-kilogram creature can turn your life upside down? …
There are many things to think about before diving into this life. Having a dog is a huge responsibility and should not be taken lightly. When you get a dog, you get his unconditional love, but you also make a commitment to your pet that he will be well cared for – that he will never end up on the streets, in a shelter, or with people who cannot take care of him. as it should.
If you are considering getting a dog, first ask yourself these ten questions.
1. Does your home allow you to have a pet?
This question is especially relevant if you do not live in your home, but rent. The owners do not always allow residents with pets. Some people think they can sneak a pet into their apartment unnoticed, but if you are evicted, suddenly not only you, but also your dog will be homeless.
And the size of your home is a really important issue. Depending on whether you are at home or out of town, what size is your apartment, where and how long you can walk it, you should choose the breed.
2. Can you afford to have a dog?
Take some time to consider the financial costs of owning a dog: veterinary expenses, nutrition, and possibly training and dog walking. These things add together and form a noticeable amount. Call your local veterinarian for the average cost of routine care: vaccines, check-ups, worm pills, and sterilization. Don’t forget to think about emergencies as well – do you have the financial reserve to pay for unexpected veterinary expenses? Puppies do get sick, and accidents happen that you can’t predict. Finding yourself in a situation in which you have to choose between caring for your dog and paying the rent is worse than ever.
3. Do you really want a puppy?
The puppies are super adorable, but they are actually little monsters that require hours of work and attention. If you don’t have the time or energy to deal with a puppy’s natural hyperactivity, it is worth considering buying an adult dog. There are many lovely, reserved adult dogs in shelters looking for loving, permanent homes. Is free. Getting a full-grown dog means skipping some of the most challenging yet fun stages of growing up as a toddler, while also allowing you to have an amazing, loyal dog without the hassle.
4. Do you have free time?
Puppies need a lot of attention, and if you want to teach them at home yourself, you need a lot of time. Plus, they need to be walked often, much more often than an adult dog. If you work in an office eight or nine hours a day, think about what are you going to do with your pet when you leave? Will you be able to come home for lunch to take your dog out for even a short walk? And do you need it?
5. Don’t you travel too much for the dog?
Having a dog is great, but it means you can’t get out of town for no reason at all. If you travel frequently, think about how you will find yourself limited in movement. Is there someone to leave the dog with? Is there a good dog boarding house near you (and can you afford it)?
Also consider traveling with your pet. Small dogs can travel with you even on train and plane, in carriers, for a fee. Then be sure to choose a breed that will remain small for life.
6. Are your interests consistent with the dog?
If you like keeping your home clean and spotless, a dog is not for you. Likewise, if you enjoy having a lot of expensive items on the floor (floor vases, pretty rugs, and expensive upholstered sofas), the dog is not for you. Antique, vintage, hard to match with a dog. Especially in the first year, when your puppy will try to chew on anything it can reach (including books and electrical cords). Make sure you can handle this.
7. Do you have allergies?
You won’t be happy to have a dog if you have allergies. While there is no such thing as a truly “hypoallergenic” dog, there are some breeds that are less allergic than others, such as poodles, Shih Tzu and Portuguese Water Dogs. There are also a large number of so-called “designer dogs” (different breeds mixed with poodles) that are believed to have reduced shedding. Results can vary widely, but there are various aspects that can cause allergies (eg saliva, dandruff and pollen that gets into the fur), so don’t assume that a “low allergenic” dog won’t cause allergies.
The best thing to do is spend some time with this breed of dog. If you don’t know anyone with such a dog, contact the breeder and ask for the opportunity to interact with his or her dogs for a bit.
8. Does the whole family want a dog?
One way or another, everyone should be ready to contribute to caring for a pet – because this is inevitable, everyone in the household will definitely have to sometimes help you with your dog.
Home teaching a puppy (and dog training in general) requires really strict and consistent procedures and rules, and this will only work if everyone in your family is on board and no one is breaking the rules.
Also keep in mind that your puppy will end up chewing on anything and everything from any family member. Therefore, you should all be enthusiastic about living with a dog in order to forgive all the damage that is likely to happen.
9. Are you physically fit and ready?
Most dogs, especially when they are young, need to walk a lot for a number of reasons: walking helps them burn energy and stay healthy, it gives them plenty of time to train on a leash, it’s vital interactions with other people, other pets, it’s weird smells and sights as well as unexpected noises. Can you spend a lot of time walking? It is important that you think about how you are going to give your dog exercise.
Also think about the energy levels of different animals; If you are someone who does not like to play sports or walk, do not choose a dog breed that is known for high energy. Conversely, if you want to take your dog on long hikes, make sure you take a dog that is capable of the job.
10. Choose a breeder
There is a lot of heated debate about whether it is better to take shelter dogs than dogs from breeders, but we will not go into this question. Both can be good options, depending on your needs and circumstances. But if you are going to buy a dog from a breeder, it is better to visit the kennel and make sure that they are good people. Sometimes those seeking to make a profit “produce” puppies in large numbers and are notorious for being overcrowded and unsanitary. They can donate puppies to pet stores, markets and directly to consumers.
So, rule number one: don’t buy puppies from pet stores. Do not buy puppies at flea markets or from people selling puppies from cars in parking lots. If you don’t want to support animal cruelty, then don’t.
But there is another reason: such puppies are more likely to have serious problems, genetic complications due to poor breeding practices and social problems from isolation from people at a young age, right up to mental problems. Also, avoid buying a dog from any breeder that breeds more than several types of dogs. Private kennels offering ten or fifteen different breeds at once are hardly worth your attention.
Talk to the breeder. A good breeder cares about his dogs and is ready to answer your questions for the entire life of the dog you bought from him. You will become friends. Ask many questions, the experience of a breeder is invaluable. Make sure that it will be easy for you to keep in touch with him after buying a pet (because most of the questions roll on you then). If you can visit the nursery, do so. Ask to meet with the parents of your potential puppy; seeing dad and mom, adult dogs, can be very helpful.
Do the dogs in the kennel seem happy and healthy? Are they well trained? Have the puppies had contact with humans? This is important for their development. All this is important so that you end up with a friend, not a problem.
The Responsible Breeder will ask you to complete an application where you will have to demonstrate that you can care for the dog and will be able to provide you with guidance.