Prospective Dog Owners

Own­ing a dog, one should realise, will be a long term com­mit­ment and there can be prob­lems which hope­ful­ly you will be able to iden­ti­fy in advance to avoid an expen­sive and upset­ting mis­take for the dog / pup­py as well as your­self.

Most prospec­tive own­ers will opt for a pup­py, but speak­ing to var­i­ous breed­ers, res­cue groups etc.– it may be pos­si­ble to obtain an adult dog who, through no fault of its own, finds itself home­less.

Considerations:

Can you afford a puppy?

The cost of a well-bred / well-reared pup­py will be con­sid­er­able. This ini­tial cost is just the start as inoc­u­la­tions, vet­eri­nary fees and feed­ing are on-going! Arrange­ments will have to be made for your dog, or ken­nelling costs have to be con­sid­ered when­ev­er hol­i­days are planned.

How much space do you have?

Your home sit­u­a­tion and rou­tine has to be eval­u­at­ed when con­sid­er­ing which breed would suit your house­hold. Any dog would need a space with a bed to call its own. A well fenced gar­den is need­ed, and ide­al­ly some­one should be at home dur­ing the day as a lone­ly bored pup­py can get up to mis­chief and be very destruc­tive!

Do you have the time and patience?

House­train­ing, social­is­ing and train­ing your dog is time con­sum­ing. This can be frus­trat­ing and exhaust­ing, but with patience your efforts will make it all worth­while when you have a hap­py, well socialised com­pan­ion. Remem­ber pups usu­al­ly respond bet­ter in a calm envi­ron­ment with a reward / praise sys­tem.