With the excitement of Christmas and New Year now comfortably in the past, many families might see this as the perfect time to give a dog a new home, but what do you need to consider when taking such a big step before looking through a list of dog names?
Talk About it with your Family
If you are bringing a dog into a household with children, it is important to consider whether your family is suitable to welcome a dog in, especially if it is your first time looking for a dog. It is important for everyone to be on the same page and comfortable with the idea of sharing their space with a new dog.
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What Type of Dog are you Looking for?
One of the most important factors in deciding to adopt a new dog is what breed to choose. If you have a small house, then you are not going to want to bring home a Great Dane, and you will not want to pick a dog that has more energy than the owner!
Take into consideration the characteristics of the individual breed of dog – how much exercise would the dog need? Does the breed have a reputation for barking and howling? If so, would the dog be suitable if you lived in a small neighbourhood and an attached house?
It is recommended to spend time with a dog and take it for a walk before adopting from a shelter, to get a feel for how compatible you, your family, and the dog are.
Is your Home Suitable?
Do you have the space to introduce a dog into your home? Do you have a garden with sufficient space for the dog can run around? Dog homes may perform home checks prior to completing the adoption process, and, should they feel that a home is not suitable for a specific dog, they could cut short the adoption process.
Can you Dedicate Enough Time?
If your work life dominates your time and you find yourself at work more often than at home, is it really fair to bring a dog into the home? Dogs require a lot of time and attention, especially if you are adopting a puppy as they will also need training.
Can you also dedicate the time to take them on regular walks? Dogs require exercise just the same as humans do, and walks are an important part of owning and caring for a dog.
If you are able to provide a positive answer to all of the above questions, and you feel that you are ready to take on the responsibility, then you are ready to begin looking for your new pet. Once you have picked out your new furry friend, you may want to consider looking through a list of good dog names to find the perfect moniker for the newest member of the family. And don’t forget to read through our handy Puppy Guide.