The decision to bring a canine friend into your family is not one to be taken lightly. In fact, you must prepare carefully well before you plan on picking up your new fur baby. Happily, you can find out all about all the essential things you need to get done before Fido arrives, in my post below.
The first thing that you must sort before you even consider bringing a dog into your home are the costs involved. In fact, you need to work out just how much a dog or puppy will cost you per month, and compare this to your budget to see whether keeping a pet like this is a viable option.
After all, dogs can be one of the most expensive pets to care for, because it’s not just food and treats that the need. In fact, regular vaccinations, and check-ups at the vets will be required as well. Oh, and if they get sick or in an accident that will be additional costs on top. Plus the initial outlay for supplies you will need to welcome your dog home. A topic you can find more about in the section below.
Preparing the kids
Once you have established whether welcoming a dog into the family is financially viable, you need to consider the other practicalities of the situation. Of course, one of the most important of these is to make sure it will work for everyone in your family. Especially the kids.
The reason for this is that not all children like or feel comfortable around dogs, especially the larger breeds, and this could create some significant emotional and adjustment problems for them. In fact, even if your kids are 100% on board, you will still need to prepare them for the arrival of your canine friend. Mainly, in terms of how to treat and interact with the dog and what tasks will be their responsibility.
Supplies and equipment
Next, before welcoming a dog into the family, you need to make sure that you have all of the supplies and equipment you need to make them safe, happy, and comfortable.
Of course, the specifics will differ from dog to dog, as well as whereabouts your home is located. With items like these being required in cold or snowy environments, especially for shorter-haired breeds such as greyhounds, and whippets. While it is sunny, warmer climbs dog boots may be necessary to ensure pad protection when you take them for a walk.
Shop or adopt
Lastly, before you welcome a dog into your home, you need to work out where you will get them from. Of course, with there being so much controversy in the dog breeding community with puppy farms and overbreeding, both being serious issues, rehoming is often a sensible idea.
In fact, by rehoming a dog, not only are you helping to stop the cruelty associated with puppy farms. You will also be making a massively positive difference in the life of that one pup you bring home. Something that they will no doubt reciprocate to your family as you welcome them into your lives.