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Are you thinking of getting a new dog?
Perhaps you have never owned a dog before?
Perhaps you have always had a certain Breed but wish to have a change?
Perhaps your lifestyle has changed?
Having owned and rescued dogs all my life, I have had a lot of experience in matching the right breed/ character type of dog to an owner, and would like to share some of my experience with you.
1. Think about your home. Are you allowed pets? How big is your home? Have you got an outside enclosed space for a dog? If so, how much space? If you love your garden are you prepared for damage?
2. Think about your daily routine. Do you work long hours or are you around for most of the day?
3. Think about you lifestyle. Do you like to go on a lot of holidays or have hobbies that involve being out of the house for long periods of time?
4. Think about your age and health. Dogs live between 10 and 20 years on average and need at least 1 good walk a day.
When getting a puppy you are committed for this length of time, for a rescue dog than this is slightly shorter depending on dogs age.
5. Think about the finances of dog ownership. A pedigree dog can cost upwards of £400, not to mention food, insurance, vets bills etc. Even a rescue dog isn’t free! Most rescue centres charge £100 to cover vaccinations and spaying.
Having considered these 5 points in detail, you will find yourself in a much better position to do some more research and to make a more informed choice about which dog is most suitable for you.
I will be doing a further blog next week to look into the Different Breeds of dogs or the advantages of rescuing a pedigree or crossbreed dog.