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Knowing that you are ready for a four-legged friend

Brits love dogs – so much so that they are one of the most popular pets nationwide. However, while it may be tempting to take the plunge, you must make sure you and those around you are ready for the commitment. Here’s what you need to know.

Done your research

Research is crucial when deciding whether to get a dog. This ranges from how to care for them to differences across breeds. For example, larger dogs require more exercise to prevent them from becoming overstimulated in the house. Meanwhile, some breeds are more prone to health issues.

Research how you should raise and train them too. Dogs who aren’t socialised, such as those that grew up during the pandemic, are more likely to showcase difficult behaviour in public, which can make your life tricky. Make sure you do plenty of research into helping their development and growing their confidence, taking into account characteristics and whether they have been exposed to past trauma if they are rescue dogs.

It’s all about choosing the right dog for your lifestyle.

Financially ready

Reports indicate that 5.3 million Brits fear they cannot afford to look after their pets, which highlights just how crucial it is to prepare yourself financially.

Owning a dog is a huge financial commitment. You need to be able to afford not only the initial investment of buying a dog, bearing in mind the price variation across different breeds but also the ongoing costs involved with taking care of it.

As a dog owner, you’ll need to pay for food, veterinary bills, insurance, and other things that will ensure your pooch has a good quality of life. These include toys and other items that can help with their development and training. You might want to consider luxury dog beds so that you can improve their quality of sleep and simultaneously make things easier for both you and your dog. You’ll also need to invest in a lead and other equipment for regular dog walks.

Have the time

Owning a pup means you need to commit your time to looking after them. This means you’ll need to weigh up whether you’re ready to put their needs at the forefront of your decisions. For example, if you plan to travel for a long time, it may be best to wait until you’ve done this.

You also need to know how long certain dogs can be left alone and assess whether you’ll need to get dog sitters or kennels integrated into your routine.

Puppies and rescue dogs require time and patience. This means you’ll need to factor them into your everyday routine. You’ll also need to consider the fact that you’ll be restricted in where you can take them. Some dogs aren’t comfortable in crowded environments and many venues aren’t dog friendly. A well-trained pup will make both your lives easier going forward; however, this takes time and dedication. Then, of course, you need to commit to daily walks – and some breeds may require longer walks than others.

Being committed

While you need to be committed to the prospect of owning a dog, you also need to make sure that those close to you are on board as well. Do you have any friends or family members with serious allergies or phobias, for example? Consider whether owning a dog will impact your lifestyle and those of others. Make sure you can commit to caring for a dog long-term.

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