THE DOG BLOG – Choosing Your Dog
They say a dog is man’s best friend and just as we chose our friends wisely, we should do the same when choosing a dog. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and breeds.
Why do you want a dog?
Start by asking yourself why you want a dog. This will be the first step in choosing your breed.
Is it for:
- Personal Companionship
- Personal protection
- Property/business security
- Child’s companion
Obviously you would be looking for a gentle dog for a child’s companion, an obedient protective dog for security and personal protection and one that has all the qualities you want for a companion.
Once you have found your reason do some research , there is a wealth of information online about all breeds. Find one that will have the best temperament for your needs.
What size should you get?
This will depend on where you live. Do you have a yard , will it be confined to indoors? This will be a factor in deciding if you want a small or large dog.
Dogs need exercise as much as we do. Ideally having a fenced yard is perfect. It can run, play and get training from home while being safe in a confined area. If you don’t have a yard, are you able to walk it on a regular basis? Are you close to a dog park, where it can be off lead and socialise?
Can you afford a dog?
Dogs need the same basic comforts as people do. You will need to be able to provide your dog with food, shelter and health care.
Dogs can be prone to many diseases and benefit greatly by having regular visits to the vet and getting all shots and boosters recommended.
Most dogs can be groomed at home while some breeds require regular professional grooming, this can be costly. Keep that in mind when choosing a high maintenance breed.
If you don’t have the time to train your dog then professional puppy/dog classes would be another expense.
Be positive you want and can care for your dog. You are choosing a family member and a life time companion.
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