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Dogs, as the old saying goes, are man’s best friend, and you won’t find anyone disagreeing with that at farmandpet! Dogs give so much to their owners, love, companionship, routine, and play that it’s hard to stop short of recommending a dog to everyone. But before you dive in head first think about your situation and make a list of what you want from a dog and what it wants from you and we’re confident you’ll find a loyal companion. Here are 7 things to consider before you get a dog

Time

Does your dog spend the whole day staring at the door waiting for you to come home? They’re always there, always excited to welcome you home. One of the best things about owning a dog is the companionship, but this is a two way relationship.
Not all dogs need to be walked for miles multiple times a day, but all dogs require affection, attention and a certain amount of routine. If you decide to get a dog you will find your ability to be spontaneous limited. No more drinks after work without popping home to feed the dog, no more weekend dash without finding someone to look after the dog. These problems are easily over come with a little planning, but once you have a dog everything will require a little more forethought.

Space

You don’t have to live on a many acred estate to keep a happy dog. Even if you live in a small flat there is probably still a dog for you, you just have to be sensible when selecting your breed. As a small relatively low energy dog, the French Bulldog is great for small flat, but great big German Shepard crashing around wouldn’t be a good fit! Do your research and find a dog that suits your situation.

Breed

Dogs come in a vast verity of shapes, sizes and temperament, no matter what your needs, likes and dislikes, there is probably a dog for you. Before getting a dog make a list of what you want from a dog and what you don’t want. If you want a dog to take on long walks perhaps a Dalmatian is for you. If you live in a small flat have a look at the Chihuahua. Don’t want too much hair about the house try a Poodle. There are so many breeds and verities there’s bound to be a dog for you. Click here for a guide to different dog breeds

Cost

As brilliant as it is having a dogs can be quite expensive so it’s worth considering a few of the costs before committing.
You will need: Food bowl
Water Bowl
Collar and lead
Dog bed
Food
Neutering
Vaccinations
Flea and worming treatments
Micro chipping
Neutering
Toys!
Insurance

Chew toys

Be prepared to have your shoes and socks eaten, because dogs love to chew and they will chew everything! But don’t worry with a little organisation and a well placed chew toy a lot of this can be avoided. Keep things out of the dogs reach and give a dog something it can chew and it will be happy, but be prepared, accidents do happen.

Age

Puppies are wild little balls of energy and glorious destruction follows in their path! Watching a puppy grow in to a dog is enormously rewarding. Watching their personality grow and change is fantastic. However you need to consider if you’re up to the challenge of a puppy. They need a lot of attention, if you’re very house proud they will leave hair on everything, they will eat your shoes, and need a lot of training. If all this sounds too much consider getting an adult dog who is calmer and well trained.

Socialisation

Socialising a dog is incredibly important to your dog’s temperament. If your puppy is to grow into a gentle friendly dog it’s up to you to make this happen. Early on socialising a dog is very easy, simply playing, handling, speaking softly and in affectionate tone, all of those thing you will hopefully do naturally to make the puppy feel safe and loved.
As they grow it’s important the dogs spend time around other dogs. Learning how to play with one another will help dogs learn not to bite too hard or be too aggressive with other animals. This is a process that must be continued throughout the dog’s life, regular trips to dog friendly parks will help dogs be happy gentle and friendly.

If you’ve considered all these things and found the perfect breed, go get a dog. We promise you won’t regret it!