Getting a dog is a really exciting decision, but it is also not one to be taken lightly. It’s worth doing your research to find out what dog will be most suited to your lifestyle and to help you provide the best care for your new companion. Here are some points to consider before taking the plunge.
Choose a Dog That Suits Your Environment
Providing a safe, suitable place to live in is the first welfare need you must meet in your duty of care as a pet owner. When picking what dog you should get, look at your home and access to outdoor space. High energy breeds like dalmatians need lots of outdoor space to run and play. If you live in a flat you’ll want to choose the right breed so both you and your dog (and your neighbours!) can live harmoniously. Not all small dogs are suited to apartment living just because of their size, but a small dog with a calm temperament like a Yorkshire Terrier can make a great flat companion.
Consider Your Dog’s Exercise Requirements
When choosing the right dog for you, bear in mind your current lifestyle and how a dog would factor in. How active are you? Large high energy dogs like huskies and german shepherds require a lot of activity before their exercise needs are met. All dogs need walking, but how much they enjoy exercise should play a part in your decision when thinking about how much exercise you’ll be able to give them.
How Much Time Will You Be Able to Spend with Your Dog?
When considering what dog to get, it’s worth factoring in how much time you’ll be able to spend with them. Will the dog be alone all day if you work full time? Some dogs cope better on their own than others, so if your new companion won’t get your undivided attention all day, prioritise a more low maintenance breed like a dachshund.