In order to understand which can be the ideal dog, you need to ask yourself some questions, such as:
Why do you want to get a dog?
You must understand if you are simply looking for a pet or a dog that can also perform other functions , for example:
- to guard
- participate in canine beauty contests or agility competitions
- be used for assisted therapy animals ( pet therapy )
When choosing a dog it is important not to get carried away by the impulse and to understand, first of all, what its characteristics are.
Are you ready to take on all the responsibilities that having a dog involves?
A dog is not an object, but a living being that cannot be put aside or abandoned if we are bored, if it gives us too much work or if it does not meet our expectations .
It is therefore very important to be clear that taking care of a pet does not only mean making him happy with cuddles and caresses, but also guaranteeing him:
- Food suitable for its size, age and breed
- Periodic veterinary checks
- An adequate space for rest
- Training, at least for the basic rules of conduct
- Physical activity through daily walks and exercise
- Constant stimulation with games and toys
- Hygiene and grooming
Do you have enough time to devote to the dog?
Now, knowing the responsibilities of owning a dog, do you have the opportunity to give it all the time it needs? Keep in mind that if an animal spends a lot of time alone in the house, it may feel desperate, destroy objects, or bark, howl or cry all day , causing serious upset to neighbors.
It is also necessary to consider the time you will have to devote to his walks and exercise . In addition to doing the needs, the dog uses these moments to socialize with other dogs, and to explore the surrounding environment through the sense of smell .
Is your home able to accommodate the new four-legged family member?
If you add a new member to your family, do you have enough space for everyone to be comfortable? You have to consider not only the size of the dog, but also his personality and energy level.
There are more sedentary and quiet animals and others that need more attention and more physical activity. In this case, your personality also comes into play. For example, if you like to go for a run every day, the ideal would be to choose a dog that will accompany you with pleasure.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to stay calm and watch television or read a book, look for a dog who is happy to be at your side, sunk in an armchair.
Do you have enough budget to cover the costs involved in having a dog?
The expense involved in keeping a dog healthy is not a trivial issue . The money that you will have to invest in the care of the animal varies according to its size, the length of the hair or any health problems that may arise during its life.
In the budget it is necessary to consider at least :
- Vaccinations and pesticide treatments
- Periodic checks by the vet
- Costs for any illnesses or emergencies that may arise as a result of accidents, intoxications, quarrels with other dogs, etc.
- Grooming items and / or services
Choose your dog carefully
Having solved these questions, it will certainly be easier to consciously choose a dog that comes close to your ideal.
To avoid surprises, especially in relation to the animal’s personality, energy level, or size achieved after development, it is important not to make a decision on the spur of the moment. We therefore advise you to first inform yourself about the characteristics of the chosen dog breed.
And, above all, do not forget the possibility of adopting a mutt : the kennel will surely be able to provide you with all the information concerning the animal, to understand if it approaches the ideal dog you are looking for.