Whether you buy puppies for sale or adopt a dog from a shelter, be completely sure you are up for the responsibility! The newness soon wears off, but one thing is for sure – you will have a loving companion for many years to come.
Do you really, really want a dog?
Do you want to wake up early on a cozy Sunday morning, and take him out in the rain for his exercise? Are you ready to spend as much time as you can with him? Are you up for cleaning up various messes?
Male or female?
Males tend to be more dominant and self-confident, whereas females tend to be more affectionate and home-loving. These are broad generalisations; every dog is different.
Why do you want a dog?
Consider what you're looking for in your future pet. Is he going to be a fun playmate? Or accompany an older person on quiet walks? Do you want him to go jogging with you, or guard the house?
What kind of dog do you want?
You can definitely consider particular breeds of dogs when you're thinking of adopting. Many shelter dogs are not purebred, but the shelter workers can take very educated guesses at their lineage.
PEDIGREE® supports adoption
When you consider dogs for adoption, you're saving more than one life – you are giving one dog a loving home and you are making room for another neglected dog and giving him or her a chance of being adopted too. Another reward is the special bond owners develop with their rescued dog. Ensure that your decision to adopt is a solid one.
Dogs need lots of care and attention especially when they first come home. Is this the right time in your life to take on this huge commitment? Does your lifestyle allow for it?
Care and upkeep of a dog can really add up to your expenditure. Besides the cost of quality food, treats, and snacks, there are toys, doggie beds, and blankets; vet visits, training, grooming costs, medical emergencies, dog vaccinations and more!
As long as you take care of his exercise needs, the size of your home really doesn't matter - whether you're a city, suburb, or country-dweller. Give your dog the chance to romp around as much as he likes to, let him play with other dogs, and toss him fetch toys.