have you got the time and space to provide suitable mental and physical stimulation. It is important to consider the right breed for you dependent on what is possible but don’t automatically assume smaller dogs need less exercise.
Doggy day care and holiday
how long are you out for during the day, if it’s prolonged consider a dog walker. Have you investigated the option of dog friendly holidays? If you need a yearly fix of sunshine on a beach somewhere consider home boarding/kennels etc and consider getting them used to it at an early age.
you don’t need your dog to become the next star at crufts but if you can do some basic training for simple things like lead walking and recall etc you life will be so much easier in the future. It is also worthwhile exposing them to as many things as possible whilst they’re young whether that be; car journeys, going to the beach, going to the pub as they will then see it as the norm and be less likely to get worried.
be sure to consider the expenses involved with having a dog; pet insurance, routine healthcare (vaccinations, routine health checks and parasite control – wellness club), feeding, pet care etc. These costs can soon add up and in general will be higher the larger the breed you select.
there is nothing your dog will love more than some chill out time with you. Whether it’s playing with some toys or sitting watching tv together. It has also been shown to benefit human wellbeing too.