If you are considering a new canine addition to your family, there are many
things to consider. Check out our dog sitters’ advice:
- Do you have a fenced yard that is secure? Does it have a place where the dog can get out of the sun or bad weather?
- Do you have the financial ability to pay for food and vet services?
- Will you allow the dog into your home and give it love and affection it desires
- Would the dog get along with your current pets?
- Do you have an HOA or a landlord that you need to get approval from?
- What size of dog would fit best with your family? Large dogs need exercise and daily walks. If you have a large back yard to play with him that is important as well. If you have very small children, tiny dogs are a bad choice. The children need to be old enough to understand how to be gentle so they don’t injure the delicate little pups.
Selecting a dog
Carefully consider which pet best suits your family, home, and lifestyle. The primary
reasons pets are given up to dog shelters is unfulfilled expectations, so make an informed decision. Consider any factors that might mean a dog is not a good choice for everyone in the household. Allergies, or difficulties tolerating normal dog behaviour are two examples. Never acquire a pet on impulse or as gifts.
There are so many pets that would make wonderful household members but are currently in shelters for various reasons. You can Google local rescues and go and visit the dogs there. Many of them have puppies. I personally always encourage adoption to find your perfect companion. You will be saving his life and he will be forever grateful. You can discuss your home situation with the rescue agency and what type of dog you are looking for. You can rely on their expertise to place the right pet in your home.
What I have already discussed applies equally to purebreds. The cost of course is much higher. Buying a puppy from a good breeder includes security that if your puppy has significant health problems they will usually replace it with a new puppy. Find a reputable breeder and NEVER purchase dogs on-line. Many have been scammed doing this including myself. Ask your vet for breeder recommendations. Interview the breeder, visit the home where the puppies are bred. Take care to notice the conditions and what the parents of the puppies look like. Make sure they come with a health guarantee and veterinary health certificate. A good breeder will also question you just as carefully regarding the kind of home you will provide for the puppy.
Here is a link to the AKC Dog Breed Selector that might help you choose.
There are a lot of resources on the internet regarding pet adoption and buying purebreds. Do your research, take your time, get your home ready, then bring your new best friend home to be a part of your family for many years.
We at Inside and Out Pet Care always provide the same care for your pets as we do our own. Our dog sitters care about you and your furry family.
Contact us at insideandoutpetcarellc.com
Call at 970-297-8689