Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog for the First Timeby: Darrin Swain
Are you thinking about getting a dog for the first time? If so, then hopefully you have thought the decision through thoroughly. There are a few things that you may not have considered yet. Keep reading to learn a few things to consider before you make your decision.
Dogs aren't goldfish. You can't buy one and expect to be rid of it a few weeks later. Although various breeds have differing lifespans, dogs live approximately 12 years. This is a lot of time to take care of something.
You need to realize that you'll be making a huge commitment before getting a dog for the first time. Dogs need to be fed and walked daily. Don't forget about other tasks such as brushing teeth and hair, especially for longer-haired breeds.
Owning a dog isn't for everyone's lifestyle. Do you spend all day at work? Your dog will get lonely without attention from you. Also, if you frequently travel out of town, you would need to make arrangements for your pet's care.
Before you get a dog, you need to think about your family's situation. Is everyone in the household fine with bringing in a canine? After all, they will likely care for and love him too. However, if there are small kids around, certain breeds won't be suitable.
The amount of space you have to offer is something else that you should think about before you get your first dog. This is especially important if you plan on getting one of the larger breeds. However, small dogs need space to run around too, since they're often more energetic.
Even if you have a big enough yard, it's best that it also has a fence around it. Not only does it keep your dog from getting out, but it keeps other animals from coming into your yard to bother your dog too. Living in close proximity to a dog park will come in handy for daily exercise.
Even if you have adequate space to accommodate a dog, you need to consider the community that you live in. Not all of them are pet-friendly. Your apartment manager or home owner's association may have something to say about it. It's vital to understand the rules that apply to pet owners before you go about getting a dog for the first time.
Owning a dog can be relatively costly, so make sure that you have enough room in your budget. In addition to standard items such as food and toys, your dog may need medication for some reason. In fact, flea and heartworm medication on a monthly basis is often recommended.
Keep in mind that you don't always have to get a cute little puppy as your first pet. Older dogs are in need of rescue too. There are plenty of benefits like not having to go through the housetraining process.
You will have a lot of responsibility whenever you get your first dog. As an owner, it's very important that you train your dog. These tips on dog training basics will definitely help. There are plenty of other articles on the common-dog-diseases.com website that you'll find useful too. Since your dog will obviously need to eat, check out these homemade dog food recipes.
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