Buying a Dog
It is imperative that you are absolutely sure in your ability to care for a dog before making a purchase. There are many factors to consider, such as the dogs temperament and its compatibility with other family members, the costs associated with properly caring for your pup and space constraints within your home that decide whether an inside or outside dog is best for your family. There are also many responsibilities that are associated with dog ownership. Finding a good home for a dog that you later find that you cannot take care of is often difficult, and this is exactly how many pets eventually find their way into animal shelters.
Dog's Temperamnet & Personality
Different breeds have different temperaments, and it is very important that you choose a dog that fits the personality of your family. Breeds like Labs, Cocker Spaniels, Collies and Golden Retrievers are best for families with small children, as they are very loyal, gentle and extremely patient companions. Breeds that are less compatible with small children include the Chow, Rottweiler and Pit bull. These breeds are not as sociable and can harm children and even some adults. You must also think about your own personality, as some breeds are very demanding and high-strung, like the Chihuahua; if you are use to a quiet and tranquil environment this breed is definitely not for you! The most important thing to remember is to actually choose a breed that you believe is going to fit best in your home. Do not purchase a particular breed for vanity purposes; that cute little pooch can sometimes end up much more than you are able to handle.
Cost of Care
There are also many costs to consider when you want to properly care for you dog. First of all, make sure you are able to afford food and healthy dog treats for your pet. You should also check to find out what type of registration is required, as you must register and obtain proper identification tags for your pup to ensure its safety in case it gets lost. Make sure you also check with local veterinarians to learn the costs associated with providing proper healthcare for your pet, as dogs require regular check-ups, vaccinations and dental care. Many breeds also have special grooming requirements and require specific care from a professional dog groomer. Remember that your pet is part of your family, so prepare yourself for the cost associated with its care just like you would with any other member of your family.
Housing and Space
Finally, make sure that you have room for your pet. A dog requires ample space for exercise and play. If you plan to house your pup outside, make sure you purchase proper shelter to keep it safe during inclement weather situations. You should also make sure that the area your dog is kept in is completely enclosed. Dogs have a natural curiosity about their surroundings, and they are sure to find a way out if at all possible. If you plan on keeping your pup inside then you must make sure that it is always under proper supervision. Until your puppy is housetrained it is sure to make a few messes, so have carpet cleaner and deodorizer readily available. You should also prepare yourself for a few chewed up shoes and the possibility of damaged furniture.
After you have considered all of these factors and you have decided that you are still ready to become a dog owner, then carefully choose which type of dog is best for your family. Responsibility is key to building a healthy and lasting relationship between you and your new pet. Make sure you are prepared to provide unbridled love and attention to your pup; if you do, you are sure to have a loyal companion that lasts a lifetime.