Dogs are just great aren’t they? They come in all shapes and sizes, but more importantly they come in all kinds of cute.
Having a pet dog is one of the most rewarding experiences that you can possibly have in life and they can really become part of your family.
Choosing a dog can be a difficult task, though, as there are literally thousands of breeds out there and they all have something to offer.
Consider How Much Time You Have
The first question that you must ask yourself when thinking of getting a pet dog is whether or not you really have time to take on a dog. It can be easy to get swept up in the excitement of getting a pet and forget the practicalities of the situation.
If your house is often empty for extended periods, or you’d likely have to leave your dog at home whilst you work, then it is probably not a good idea for you to get one. Whilst dogs are usually fine to be left alone in the house this is ideally only for short periods.
However, if you have plenty of spare time and are at home a lot then you are ready to move on to the next step of choosing a dog.
Think About Space
Whilst you don’t need acres of space to keep a dog, it is still important to consider how much space you have available for them. If you only have a small amount of space then you should only get a smaller breed of dog!
No matter how much space you have in your home or garden it is still important to walk and exercise your dog regularly.
Consider Your Training Ability
As you will see in our last blog, certain dogs are innately harder to train than others and it is important to consider this before settling on a particular breed. If you are a first time dog owner then it is a good idea to get a breed that is known to be easy to train. It is worth remembering that even breeds that are known to be easy to train require a significant time requirement in order to house train and teach recall.
Far too many owners fail to dedicate this initial training time and find that their dog is ‘disobedient’ despite it being no fault of the dog.
Don’t Pick the Dog that Picks You
This is a classic mistake made by owners who go and see a litter of puppies; the first dog that approaches appears to ‘pick’ them so that’s the one that they take home. Generally this dog is the leader of the litter and is often the hardest to train, so it can be beneficial to spend a little more time with the litter and make sure that the one that you pick is definitely the right one for you and your family.
Consider a Rescue Centre
The rescue centre is often seen as somewhere that experienced dog owners get their dogs from, people that don’t mind training the bad habits out of a dog. This is untrue however and most dogs from the ‘pound’ have been in loving homes and are just looking for another one.
As well as a good temperament they also usually have some semblance of training making your job easier. If you are to pick a dog from the rescue centre it is important to spend a decent amount of time with them first, rescue centres will offer home visits which are a great way to see how the dog behaves over more than a short walk.
So if you’ve been thinking of getting you and your family a new canine companion, follow these simple steps first and you will ensure that you don’t wind up having to re-home a dog yourself. If you have already taken on a dog that is a little too much for you to train then don’t worry as we can help, we offer a full range of services such as dog training classes and dog walking in Sutton.
For more information on any of our services, simply contact us today and our friendly team will be more than happy to help.