A lot of people only see the fun and care free side of having a dog. But owning a dog isn’t all fun-no work, it takes dedication and sometimes even sacrifice. So, before you go out and pick up the dog you would like to have, there are a few things you should know. In this article we will try and explain the most important aspects you should take care of before you become a dog owner.
The first question you need to have an answer for is, would you like to have a puppy or an adult. The main difference when choosing between a puppy and an adult is going to be the fact, are you ready to take care of such a fragile and young creature or do you want a canine companion that is already grown and capable of taking care of itself. Both choices have their pros and cons; if you choose a puppy, you will take upon a difficult task of participating and molding its character in the developing stages of its life, and in the same time experience the joy of life growing before your eyes. If you choose an older dog, you wont have any of the hassle when it comes to upbringing, but you will miss all of the important decisions and choices which make the dogs character, as the first six to nine months are the most impactful when it comes to shaping it. That is why if you choose to opt out for the latter option, it is best that you get a dog from a well known and reputable breeder who can ensure that it has been treated well.
The second thing you need to decide is what breed you want it to be. Do you want it to be pure breed or a mixed breed, a small or a big dog? When thinking about this you will not only have to think about what dog you want, but what dog you can keep, do you have the necessary space and is your apartment or house suitable for such a pet. Consider all of this, as it is very important to find a dog that will “fit” in all of your criteria.
All dogs need exercise, no matter in which volume. You must ensure that you and your environment are suitable and capable of providing all of the necessary exercise requirements in order to keep your dog healthy and happy. Some dogs are more adventurous and outgoing, while others are more comfortable sitting in one place. If you pick the right dog, the level of activity and enjoyment will be a perfect match for years to come.
With all of this said, when choosing a dog, you’re not only picking up a pet, but a best friend for life, and that is maybe the most important thing to keep in mind. You will spend years, if not decades of yours and his life together and share great moments and memories.