How does a dog fit into your life?

The thought of getting a new dog can be super exciting and will be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. Seeing a puppy in real life or even a photo of one can encourage spur of the moment decisions, trust us we’ve been there.

Despite this temptation it is important to consider all the aspects of how a dog will become part of your life and become another family member. You have more than likely thought of most of these but if not here is a summary:

Exercise requirements

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.

Training

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.

Costs

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.

Cuddle time

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.

All of the above is possible, even with a busy schedule and there is nothing that will make you happier than a family member who will always do their best to greet you with a wagging tail when you get home from a busy day.

If it sounds a bit overwhelming and you’re not sure where to start with picking the breed most suited to you or are worried the breed you have selected may not be appropriate, don’t panic. Call Ferndown Family Vets on 07950391590 to organise a free nurse consultation to discuss.