There are lots of factors to consider when thinking about owning a dog such as breed, training, who will take care of the pet and insurances.
Research shows that they are the most popular pets in the UK with 26% of UK adults owning a dog.
With that in mind, here are some top tips for first-time dog owners:
Do your research
Make sure you take time to research different breeds and choose one that fits with your household and lifestyle. If you’re not big on the outdoors and don’t particularly enjoy big walks, don’t be tempted by a Labrador for example!
You’ll also want to take into consideration any other pets you already have and whether they are likely to fight or become best buddies. Some dog breeds are also more suited to families with children in the house than others.
If you’re choosing a puppy, make sure you research reputable breeders.
What to buy
Aside from obvious items such as toys, a bed, a lead and collar, you might also want to consider choosing a crate to help them feel settled.
If you’re planning on having your pooch accompany you on holidays and road trips or riding with them in the city, think about transportation. Options such as the new DS3 Crossback for sale will ensure both you and your dog are comfortable on every journey.
Choosing a vet
Make sure you choose a reputable vet and get your dog registered as soon as you can. They will need to be up-to-date with vaccines and will need regular check-ups to ensure they stay healthy.
It’s worth checking out if your vet has a plan option which covers all the basics for a monthly fee.
Choosing the right food
With many dog food options out there, this can be a bit of a minefield. Do some research first to find out what might be the best one for your breed.
Popular options include raw, grain-free, wet and dry food and it’s worth noting than some breeds will tolerate foods differently.
Take the time to train
The joy you’ll get from your dog will depend on the effort you put in. Taking time at the start to train them either through a puppy school or at home with the family will be worth it in the long run. Just remember to be patient!
Legal responsibilities and insurance
As well animal welfare responsibilities, local authority restrictions and fines for dog fouling are things to consider.
It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped from the age of eight weeks and you’ll want to make sure you have the right insurance should there be any hefty vet bills.
Remembering these tips will ensure you are well prepared for your new arrival!