There are a lot of things to be taken care of when you want to buy a dog. It is not only related to what dog to buy but how to make the dog a member of your life. Different dogs have different needs and requirements, are of different sizes, breeds and behavior. Thus you should thoroughly do your homework first before buying a dog, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you really need a dog?
Depression is a part of our life but we gradually cope to bring ourselves out of it. Therefore, before buying a dog as a pet make sure you really need one or no. It should not happen that you buy a dog because you are lonely and after a few months you just want to get rid of it. Even dogs are living beings and they too get disappointed when you don’t treat them right.
- What dog should you buy?
It is important for you to know why you need a dog in the first place. Do you want someone to assist you in duck hunting? Or someone that can guard your farm in your absence? Whatever is your reason, you have a dog for all situations. Meet people, veterinary in your area and know about the breed that will suit your needs. Decide for yourself whether to buy a mix breed or purebred and from where to buy it so that you are not cheated.
- Can you afford to comfort the Dog?
You are a first time owner of a dog or you had one previously? Accordingly, decide the dog you will buy and before bringing the dog home, make some preparation. If you feel you will buy a dog and make him sleep anywhere in or around your house, it is cruel. You must treat him like a family member and give him his own space. Also, if you are planning to buy an active dog, have a playground or open space ready for him.
- Can you spend time with your dog?
Dogs require training and attention if you want a healthy and happy relationship. It is important for you to spend time with your dog to know him better and his moods. When a dog learns about your lifestyle in early age, it becomes easy for it to adjust to the surrounding. It will also require efforts to keep him clean and routine checkups would be necessary especially in initial months.
- Take precautions:
Thinking positively for a happy life together is necessary but you should also have an idea about what to do if things don’t work out. Like if you go for a wild dog and fail to train him accordingly or What if you get cheated with the dog breed and the dog now fails to adapt to your surrounding? This does not mean you should leave your dog to die; instead you should always have a plan B ready.
Well, keeping every aspect in mind is important. Bringing a dog in your family is like having a baby; you need to make them learn your life-style from the early age. If your thinking is right and you are dedicated, your dog will never disappoint you to show why they are called as your ‘Best Friend’.