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Published on May 22nd, 2013 | by Debbie Martin


Research is Essential before Getting a New Dog

The decision when getting a new dog is something that should be thought about very carefully. Giving in to the children and just going out and buying the first puppy you come across just to keep them quiet will not be good for your or, your new dog.

There are many things to consider. The first and most important is this will be a commitment that could last well over 10 years and, if you’re really lucky, longer than that.


The Costs

This is something many new dog owners forget to think about. Your pet will need ongoing care throughout his life and, this will cost you money. They will need a decent diet, trips to the vet and, unfortunately, there may be times when you need some treatment for your four legged friend that wasn’t anticipated.

An approximate amount of money to keep in mind is about £25 per week so; make sure you can afford this additional cost before you even start to think about the type of dog you would like.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Have a look around your home. Ask yourself if you have the space for a large dog (if that’s what you’re thinking about). Is your garden secure and large enough for a dog? If you have other pets in the house especially something other than a dog, will your new found friend fit in without upsetting the balance?

The biggest questions to ask your-self is are you prepared to properly exercise a dog regardless of what the weather is like?

 Breeds to Consider

The type of breed you decide on will also have some bearing on the amount of space you have. In fact, this is something you should make sure you research thoroughly. Not all breeds (even cross-breeds) do well around children or other animals.

Grooming is something-else that may determine the breed of dog you have. Long haired dogs need a lot of brushing and, they will moult when warmer weather arrives so, bear this in mind before making a decision.

Some breeds of dog also have certain health issues. Labradors for example are prone to being over-weight which can lead to arthritis or heart disease. Other breeds may have breathing problems or are prone to other long-term illnesses that might need specialist attention. We have a lot of information about different breeds on our Facebook page.

Buying your Puppy

There are various ways you can buy a puppy. If you decide to go to a breeder make sure you can view the puppies with their natural mother. If this isn’t possible, find someone-else! You need to be able to gain information on what sort of health issues there might be in the blood line and you also need to see that the mother is healthy and happy. If you decide on a rescue centre, the staff there should be able to give you as much information as is known to them about your new found friend’s background.

All in all, taking a new dog into your home is a big decision and if you take your time in making the right choice, you and your pet will have years of enjoyment together.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.

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