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First time dog owners - questions, fears and mistakes - Part one of a series.

Are you wondering what to consider when thinking about becoming a dog parent? Read on below to find answers to some common questions.



It can be scary to be a first-time dog owner so it’s best to ask lots of questions to ensure that you make the right choice for yourself and your potential new dog. Taking home that special dog for the first time can be one of life’s greatest joys but can also be a lot of work. If you’ve done your research, you know that a dog requires a lot of time, energy, money, and patience, but repays you in endless love. The decision should not be taken lightly. As a first-time dog owner, you probably have a lot of questions so we’ve put together a post to help you make the right decisions on what type of dog is right for your and your lifestyle.

Do You Have Time For A Dog?

This is by far the most important question to answer because really when all is said and done, the most important part of dog ownership ensuring you are spending time with your dog and showing him or her love and attention. Dogs are social beings and love being around their humans. And, of course, you’ll need to train your dog, take your dog on walks, and care for the health of your dog.

Are You Ready For A Lifetime Commitment?

Your life needs some stability if you’re going to get a dog. Dogs are a lifelong commitment, you are their whole world. Life expectancy of a dog can be upwards of twelve plus years, so you need to plan ahead. What does the rest of your life look like? Are you going to have kids and have less time for a dog? Will you be able to care for your dog as you age as well? Try to imagine what your lifestyle will look like in ten years and find a dog breed that best matches your lifestyle.

Do You Have Space For A Dog?

In the bigger cities like Vancouver and Toronto, space can be at a premium. Energetic, larger breeds will need more room to roam, preferably a backyard where they can run around. If you’ve ever seen a Dalmatian in a cramped apartment, you know what I’m talking about! If you do live in an apartment, do your research and find a smaller or less energetic dog breed that is more appropriate for the space and lifestyle.

Should First-Time Dog Owners Get A Puppy?

If you have never had a dog before, you need to know what you’re getting into. Sure, puppies are cute and cuddly, but they also need a lot of training including the all important (and sometimes frustrating) house-training. Dogs explore the world through their mouths and, especially while teething, puppies tend to chew and destroy anything they can get their paws on, including your furniture, so be prepared for some damage control! It can be tempting to just go out and buy a puppy, but there is also the option of adopting an older dog that might fit better into your lifestyle. Older dogs tend to come trained and are often better behaved than puppies so it’s definitely something to consider and so many adult and senior dogs are in need of a good, loving home.

Conclusion

The most important tip anyone can give a first-time dog owner is to do your own dog research. There is no sense in rushing into anything. Talk to friends who have dogs and ask about their experience. If you can, dog-sit for a while and see if it feels right for you. A dog is a big commitment and the decision on whether to get one shouldn’t be taken lightly. You wouldn’t make a big commitment like getting married or having children without serious thought and consideration so why wouldn’t you put the same thought into a dog who will depend on you fto be their everything and provide them with oodles of love, care, and exercise? If you are able to properly care for a dog then they will give you a lifetime of happiness and joy. There really is no better bond than an owner and his or her pet. It’s a relationship that, if done right, will be treasured.

This is part one of a three-part series... Stay tuned!


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