Before bringing home a pet, there are many factors that a family should consider.

Others are as follows:

GENDER – SIZE – HAIR

How about the gender? Do you prefer a male or a female dog? Do you plan to breed the dog after it has grown? You might consider neutering the dog if a breeding program is not possible. Do you prefer a large dog or a smaller one? Many potential owners neglect to consider the size and weight of their puppy as it grows up. Consider the grooming requirements of a long-haired dog as opposed to a short-haired.

VETERINARY CARE

Regular veterinary care is also necessary for your petspetz.com. These costs can quickly add up, especially if your budget is tight. Which type of dog are you looking for? Do you prefer a purebred or mixed-breed dog? Find out the characteristics of the breed you are interested in. Some breeds may have particular advantages or disadvantages. Purebreds can also be expensive. You might consider adopting at your local shelter.

TIME

Lifestyle is another important aspect. Are you a working professional? What amount of free time do you have to work? A puppy that is new will require at least four meals per day. They will also need to be taken out every so often. Are you a frequent traveler or entertainer? Are you a parent to small children? Do you have the physical ability to care for a dog? How about where you live? Are you renting an apartment or a house? Is your landlord allowed to have pets? Are you in a city or rural area? Do you have enough space in your yard for your dog to exercise properly?

DON’T LET THE DOG ROLE OVER YOUR FAMILY

Consider the role that your new dog will play within your family. What will it be used for?

a) My son/daughter/children

This will be your dog, trust me! The kids will only be allowed to play with the dog occasionally after the honeymoon period. You may have to prompt them to do the dog-related tasks. They might grumble and groan about their dog-related responsibilities. Their involvement with the dog will likely change as their interests and activities evolve over time. Your children, especially young ones, need to be trained in the proper behavior of the dog. They also need to be watched when they are with the dog.

b) Protection

While I understand that some might disagree, my opinion is that it is not a good idea for a dog to be used as a protection dog unless the owner/trainer has a solid understanding of the behavior of dominant dogs and is compassionate. An alarm system, security fencing, or other measures will be more effective in all other cases (99.9%).

c) To breed puppies

If you still feel the same way after reading the third paragraph, I don’t think there is much I can do to change your mind. Let me reaffirm the point just in case. Breeding dogs is not something to take lightly. Do not attempt to breed dogs if you do not intend to be responsible for them throughout their lives. There are better, more ethical, and profitable ways to make money if you plan on breeding dogs for profit. Dogs are living creatures and breeding them requires significant time, money, labor and knowledge. It also requires patience and emotional fortitude to ensure that they are treated humanely and responsibly. Visit a few shelters and rescue websites or your local shelter to see the real problem. Talk to staff and volunteers who often have to take the ‘final walk’ alongside homeless dogs.

BUYING A STRATEGY

Do not purchase a puppy from the first time you visit a puppy shop. If potential owners decide to leave, take the time to think about it, then return. Avoid buying multiple puppies. One puppy is more likely to bond with its owner and be easier to train.