Questions to Ask Yourself and Tips for Deciding If You’re Ready for an Addition to Your Family
If you are not ready to get a dog, then better get a hedgehog. It takes less care and you will learn the responsibility. Later you can get a dog.
Questions to consider before you buy a dog
- Have you done your research?
- Do you want to adopt?
- Are you looking for a puppy or an older dog?
- Do you want a male or female dog?
- What breed are of dog are you looking for?
- Do you want a small or large dog?
- Do you have the time and space for the exercise needs of the breed you are looking at?
- Do you have young children and how will that affect your decision and the breed of dog?
- Will your dog be an indoor or outdoor dog?
- Do you have time to train the dog, housebreaking, basic obedience?
- Do you travel? Who will care for the dog while you are away?
- Is your living situation stable? Do you plan on moving and can you have dogs?
- Are you financially stable enough to provide the care the dog will require?
What kind of dog is right for you?
Do you want a puppy? Why? Ask yourself if you have the time to devote to a puppy. Puppies may be cute but remember they require more time and energy and don’t stay puppies for long. Things to remember when thinking about buying a puppy: a puppy will require training, basic obedience (sit, stay, heel, laydown, etc), house breaking, and constant attention.
Puppies have a tendency to get into things, chew on everything in site and use your house as their bathroom. If you are concerned about these things maybe a puppy isn’t the right answer for you. Or maybe you need to decide on alternatives for when the dog is a puppy, such as keeping him/her locked in a kennel during the day or only allowing the puppy in a certain room (a good suggestion would be a kitchen or room without carpet due to the ease of clean-up.)
What size dog is right for you?
There are a lot of factors to consider here too: your age, do you have small children, how often are you home? For households with small children very small breeds are a bad choice since small children like to “play” with the dog and could accidentally injure him/her. Very small breeds also tend to be wary of children.
The most important thing isn’t necessarily the size of the dog but the dogs temperament, some small dogs can be loud and hyper taking up more room then a bigger calmer dog. However some children are afraid of big dogs and a large hyper dog may scare your children also.
When thinking about the size of the dog remember if you work long hours puppies can only hold their bladders for 4 to 5 hours, the same is true with some smaller dog breeds. Larger dogs can hold their bladders longer but will require more time outside exercising or walking.
The size of your living space also has an effect on the size of dog you should consider. Many breeds such as beagles, basset hounds, and blood hounds are known to bark so if you live in an apartment these are probably not appropriate breeds for you to look at, yet a big dog maybe to large for your living space.
Breeds that make good family pets:
- Golden retrievers
- English Setter
- Springer Spaniel
- Cocker Spaniel