Family pet has been one of the greatest joy every household have. But it requires a lot of work! This is quite common with children and even older children. Giving in to getting a family pet can be amazing for everyone. It teaches children about responsibility while giving everyone something to love and give attention to. There are several factors that you need to take into account before heading to buy that all-important dog.
Consider your budget first and foremost. You don’t want to spend thousands if you don’t have that available. Shop around for the best breed for your budget, you may also have a friend who is breeding dogs so you could save some money with that option. If you are not too fussed with getting a puppy you could even look into rescue centers. Rescue centers are great and have many dogs that need to be rehomed. Be aware that if you have young children, rescue centers may not let you adopt a dog. This is simply because dogs are unpredictable creatures and the rescue center doesn’t want a lawsuit on their hands if your child gets injured.
Think about what breed of Family Pet you want to own. It is all very simple saying you want a dog, but what dog? There are lots of breeds out there including mixed breeds. Some are not suitable to be around children and will try to assert dominance if they are. Breeds to be careful of include nervous dogs and dogs that were bred for guarding. Great family pets include labradors or mixed breeds such as the Goldendoodle and cockapoo.
Be careful that some breeds are susceptible to health conditions and this can shorten their life expectancy. Bigger breeds tend to have more problems, this can also mean they are grumpy. Ensure you research thoroughly about any breeds you are interested in getting.
Unfortunately, when it comes to owning a dog there are vet bills included. If your pet has existing health concerns then this will push the vet bills up. Make sure you invest in good quality dog insurance when you have a dog. If your dog, unfortunately, makes their way to doggy heaven you will need to look into which option suits you best as a family. Do you want to bury them or have them cremated to remember them? There are plenty of memorials for dogs if you take a look online for some ideas.
Finally, when it comes to owning a dog, many people forget that they need regular care and maintenance. This doesn’t just include taking them for a walk a couple of times a day, this means grooming them and making sure they are in the best condition possible. You can do this at home or you can take them to a professional dog groomer.
When it comes to feeding your dog make sure you find the best diet for them. Some dogs prefer raw food which means your freezer might be full of dog meat. Some prefer kibble but make sure it is grain-free so they don’t have digestive problems further down the line.