Picking the perfect pup

The saying goes, a puppy is not just for Christmas but for life. We believe that this couldn't be truer and that people really need to put a lot of things into consideration before buying a puppy.

You shouldn’t base decisions on your friends’ dogs or how cute they are and you really need to think about what space you have, for example, you shouldn’t get a Bullmastiff when if you live in a one-bedroom apartment.

In this post were going to investigate what to consider when getting your first puppy and your next best friend.  Each dog and breed are different, it is essential that you do research about the breeds and how to look after them. Some breeds can be more difficult to train, take care of or might not be as child-friendly as others.

How big is your house and garden?

When it comes to getting a dog one of the most essential factors is the size of your own space. If you are living in a small space such as a city apartment with no terrace or garden, then it isn’t ideal for most dog breeds. With small spaces, dogs won’t be able to stretch their legs very often nor run about whilst you’re away, it can be very restricting and boring for many dog breeds especially breeds on the larger side. When a dog is left alone for a long period is a restrictive and boring place it can result in misbehaving, chewing of furniture and worst-case scenarios little presents being left for owners when they come home. If, however, you live in a spacious house with a nice garden then you’re on the right track to getting your favourite dog.

Garden Collies

How often are you available for walkies and playing?

The next thing to think about is how often you are available for your dog. This comes in two concepts. How often are you able to give it love, affection and attention. This means how often are you able to play with your dogs as bonding with your dog is an essential part of ownership. Your dog should be your best friend because that’s what they’re looking for in their owner and hopefully what you’re looking for in your dog. This helps keep your dog healthy and happy, this can be helped with toys for your dog that can be played with around the house or garden for playtime. The other is for walks, this is essential when picking a dog as different breeds require different amounts of walking to stay healthy. For example, gun dogs such as cocker spaniels can run for days and require a lot of time doing so to stay fit and healthy whereas a British Bulldog takes a slower approach to life and requires considerably less amount of time walking and more time playing or sleeping.

How long can you be away from your dog?

When considering how much time you’ll have to spend on your dog it’s also important to consider how much time you’ll be away from them. If you have a busy work life or social life that your dog can’t be a part of then you must put this into consideration. This is because it can be extremely lonely and boring for our dogs to be left alone for long periods of time and can cause your dogs to experience anxiety, resulting again in dogs chewing furniture, barking or in worst cases escaping and getting lost. When they become adults and trained then they will usually be able to sleep whilst your away however this usually shouldn’t be any longer than 6 hours when they’re an adult. When they are puppies it is advised not to leave them for longer than 2 hours a day. This is when they can develop separation anxiety.

Puppy

How much does it cost to take care of a dog?

Size can matter when looking at how much you’ll be spending on your dog the size of them is what you must consider. This is due to the amount of food they will have to consume each week to be healthy. The initial costs of your dogs will also be affected by the size as they will require different types of beds, leads, collars, toys and then there are a number of costs for Vet bills and insurance. Both Vet bills and insurance can vary depending on the breed of dog which is why research is key before you buy a puppy.

One regular cost that you won’t have to worry about is your beds. With our great range of durable and high-quality dog beds, your dog will be more than happy to be sleeping on their bed for a long time. Click here to learn more about our dog beds and Raised by humans.

So once you have completed your research and found your ideal puppy make sure that you stock up on everything you need before you bring them home.

By Raised By Humans