This is not exactly advice as to how to choose a new dog more of a list of things to consider. There is alot to consider:-
Time: How much time do you have to spend with this dog? How long a walk can you take your dog on? Large breeds need at least 2 hrs exercise per day.
Shedding: If you don’t have the time or the inclination to be constantly clearing up dog hair then you need to choose a breed which is less prone to shedding. Longhaired dogs may appear to shed more, but it is really just the length of their hair that gives that illusion.
Money: The initial purchase price of the dog if you have to pay is just the start of the expense:-
- Purchase price if applicable
- Accessories – dog bed; collar; lead; bowls; toys
- Football t-shirt - optional
- Dog Training
- Kennels for when you are away
- Vets bills
Space: Of course it is only stating the obvious but it is a factor which requires
consideration, ie, there would be no sense in getting a large breed of dog if
you only have limited space. This applies to the house and the car and with whom the dog will be sharing the space with.
Adult or Puppy: Many people prefer to get puppies as they love to see the puppy
grow up. However, this is often a lot of work as you will need to toilet train puppies and teach them basic commands. Adult dogs are also a great choice as you get to see exactly what their personality is like and how they look physically.
Dog or Bitch: There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to sexes; some
swear that bitches are easier to train and tend to be more loving. Others suggest
that females are more independent and aloof. Males are said to be more aggressive, but neutering can dramatically change their nature.
Children: absolutely love puppies and dogs but not all dogs love children. It is essential that you choose the a breed that is good with children if they are going to be a part of the dogs life.
Life style: As with humans so dogs do get travel sick so it is important to understand and
consider this. Also, if you go to work all day do not consider getting a dog unless prepared to go home at lunch time – you can’t leave a dog for 8 hours & not expect them to go to the loo in the house or get so bored they have chewed the sofa!
Holidays: You need to consider how much time you spend away from home and abroad, you can’t take them to St Lucia with you!
However, after everything is considered owning a dog is very rewarding. Garry is certainly very happy about it
Thank you to our models – Garry; Molly; Corrie & Moe
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