So, you are thinking about adding a furry friend to your family. There are many things to consider before making your decision. It is important to figure out what pet would be the best fit for your home and your lifestyle.
First, do you have the time and energy to give your pet the care it needs? Dogs need quite a bit of interaction in order to be happy. How much space do you have for them to roam? Do you have time to take them out for exercise? If you already have a busy life you can supplement exercise with a good doggy daycare facility. These places are great even if it’s just to keep your dog socialized in a safe environment. They come home good and tuckered out from playing with all their furry friends during the day.
Second, are you prepared to deal with pet hair? Bathing and brushing regularly will help with pet dander and shedding for all dogs but certain breeds need to be groomed at least once every 2 months which can be an expense you didn’t expect. In any case, regular nail trims and keeping a nice healthy coat is good for your dog and your home.
Third, when you travel you will need someone to care for your pet. It is always a good idea to have a boarding facility that can keep your pet safe and healthy while you are away.
Next, what is your activity level? There are certain breeds and mixes that are very active and others that are better for a more sedentary lifestyle. Working with a good trainer will help to have a well behaved pet regardless of the breed or activity level. It’s great when your dog walks nicely on a leash, comes when you call and doesn’t snatch treats out of your hand.
Remember that having a dog is a long-term commitment that can enrich our lives greatly if we are thoughtful about choosing the right pet for our home. There are many tools out there today that can help give your dog a full and happy life. Find animal facilities that are safe and your dog enjoys and you will be amazed at how they can help you care for your pet.