Buying a dog is a major commitment & before buying a dog there are many considerations that you should take into account, please take the time to read this page before committing to buying a dog.
Can you afford a dog? After the initial purchase of a dog there are the ongoing costs of dog ownership which include,
- Dog Food
- Dog Treats
- Canine Insurance
- Vet Fees
- Training Classes
- Equipment such as Leads & Collars
- Grooming equipment such as shampoos & brushes
- Flea & worming treatments
- Can you commit to looking after a dog for the whole of its life? (10 – 15 years)
- Do you have the time to give the dog the exersise it needs?
- Do you have the time & patience needed to house train a puppy? (If not maybe you should consider giving a rescue dog a home for life).
- Do you have the time & patience needed for obedience training?
- Do you have the time required for grooming & cleaning up after your dog?
- Is your home a suitable place for a dog to live, is there plenty of room indoors & outdoors for the dog?
- Does everyone in your home want a dog & understand the responsibilities of dog ownership?
- Will there be someone there to look after the dog whilst you are working? Dogs can become quite destructive when left alone for long periods of time.
- How will dog ownership affect you when you go on holidays/weekends away?
Whilst you will not need to buy all of these items on a daily or weekly basis such as bedding & equipment, they can be quite expensive on the occasions when you do need to buy them.
You should also be prepared for the cost of replacing anything the dog may damage through chewing!
Owning a dog can have a massive impact on your lifestyle, you need to consider if your lifestyle is suited to dog ownership before committing to buying a dog.
Whilst the information above is not meant to be a complete list of the responsibilities of dog ownership we hope it has been valuable in helping you to decide if dog ownership is for you. Please take all of the above factors into account before you make the commitment to buying a dog. If you have any questions or need further advice feel free to head over to the Contact Page and get in touch.
If you have decided that you would like to buy a dog all you need to do now is take some time to decide which breed is best suited to you. Dog ownership is ultimately a rewarding & fulfilling experience which at times when obedience training a puppy, can be quite a frustrating one, however once a dog is properly trained the relationship you enjoy with your dog will be a rewarding one. Please remember that dogs never choose to be pets and that by choosing to buy a dog you owe it to your dog to be a great owner and to give your dog the best life you possibly can.