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Buying A Family Dog? 4 Important Things To Consider Before You Do

A Family Dog Is A Big Decision

Are you wanting to add another addition to your family? We aren’t talking about a child, we are talking about a fur baby. Bringing a pet into your home can be the most rewarding thing ever. They can bring a lot of comfort, joy, and reassurance to every household member. There are some things you should consider before buying a dog though. 

Budget 

One of the first things to consider is how much do you have to spend on a new pet. Since lockdowns, the price of puppies and dogs has skyrocketed. This is due to supply and demand. More people want them so the price rises and people will still pay high prices. 

Work out how much money you have available and then you can start shopping around. You need to know a rough idea of how much you need to have available and how much you need to save.

Breed

When it comes to dogs there are so many different breeds out there you need to know which one is best for your family. You don’t want to get a huge dog that isn’t suitable for kids, as a dog is for life, not just for a short time. You don’t want to add to the pressure of already bursting kennels if the dog doesn’t fit in with your family. 

Make sure you take the time to research and find out the temperaments of different breeds. You can also take notes from news stories and things like that. The last thing you want is to be dealing is with an aggressive dog, especially if you have children or grandchildren.

What Is Needed?

Once you have sorted your budget and the type of dog you want, you need to think about what they will need. If you are getting a puppy then you have a bit of time between viewing them and picking them up to sort everything out. 

You will need to get quite a few pet supplies for your new little bundle to ensure happiness in their new home. You will need to invest in a good quality dog bed, puppies are notorious for chewing. You don’t want to get a cheap one for it to be destroyed in a couple of weeks. They will also need a collar and lead for when they can go out for walks. This is after their jabs to prevent them from picking up any nasty infections and diseases. 

Costs

Remember, once you have bought your new pet there will continue to be costs to consider. This is a given and you need to be aware of that. This includes pet insurance and any pet plans at the vets you sign them up to. Be sure that any insurance you get for them is suitable for the breed. 

You will need to invest in good quality pet food for your new pooch. They will eat more as they grow up so being able to carry on purchasing this is vital. Dogs have been known to have sensitive stomachs if their food is changed. So it won’t be as simple as changing it up if you can no longer afford their favourite food. 

Wishing you all the best in your decision making and hoping this helps you out.

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Linda Cassidy
Linda Cassidy
Linda Cassidy, Owner and Chief Writer over at A Labour of Life hails from Ottawa, Canada. A Labour of Life is her view of the world from a Boomer’s perspective. Celebrating a time of life where one can celebrate all that life has to offer. Life begins at 50, a time where travel, food, wine and fashion merge together guilt free.
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