Top Tips for Families considering Getting a Dog

If you are thinking of getting a four-legged canine for the family, Dogs Trust recommends you follow these top tips for families considering getting a dog. Remember to be a responsible dog owner and you will have a healthy, happy dog!

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Before you get a dog

#1. Do your research!

Think about which dog (if any) will suit your family and lifestyle. Ask friends about their dogs and find out more about the breeds you like.

#2. Consider rehoming a rescue dog

If you are thinking of rehoming a rescue dog, the canine carers at the rescue home will ask about your home and lifestyle to help them match you to your ideal dog.

#3. Avoid puppy farms

Never buy from shops or adverts with several breeds listed, as this could mean that the puppy is from a puppy farm.

#4. Be prepared for the commitment and expense.

Owning a dog is a long-term commitment and expense – dogs can live for up to 15 years or more!  Consider the cost of food, toys, vet bills, etc., as well as the time and attention a dog needs.

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What Your dog will need

  • His very own bed to sleep in and toys to play with.
  • A lead so that you can keep him under control.
  • A collar and tag with your name, telephone number and address on it. This is the law!

dog-with boyWhat You will need

  • To take your dog to training classes so he knows how to behave and become familiar with other dogs.
  • To make sure you give your dog lots of cuddles and love. You can groom them at the same time.

More Tips for Healthy Hounds

#1. Don’t leave your dog alone for more than 3 hours

You should never leave your dog alone for more than 3-4 hours and always make sure they are cared for if you go on holiday.

#2. Walk your dog at least twice a day

Your dog will need to be walked at least twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening – even if it is raining and cold.

#3. Pick up the poo

You will have to pick up your dog’s poo – it is the law and you could get fined if you leave it behind. So scoop the poop!

#4. Make sure your dog has their injections

You will need to visit your vet for injections to prevent diseases and for worming and flea treatments.

#5. Have your dog neutered

dogs-trust-logoIt is important to neuter your dog to prevent unwanted puppies being born.

It will also help to prevent your dog from straying and from getting certain illnesses.

#6. Consider Microchipping

Getting your dog microchipped will increase the chance of finding your dog if he is lost or stolen.

More information on caring for your dog can be found on the Dogs Trust website.

Do you have any more tips or suggestions for new dog owners? Share them with us in the comments below.

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