7 questions you should ask yourself
before getting a dog
It's cool that you want to get a dog! But sometimes, a wish is not enough as this decision will change yours and your doggy's life for good. Here are 7 questions to ask yourself before you make the decision to get a dog.
Question 1: Is there enough space in the apartment?

First of all, you should think about correlation of dog's size with the size of the apartment and the number of people living in it. If you want to keep a Great Dane in a studio, you should fully understand that it's an active dog which needs a lot of movement.

Think carefully about where to locate the dog's bedding, how your pet will behave in the kitchen and in the bathroom and whether it has enough space in total. To ensure the dog's well-being, you should provide it with enough living space. Don't forget that the dog should be able to move freely in the apartment.
Question 2: Do I have enough money to keep a dog?

The dog should be fed wisely, avoid overfeeding as well as starving. Kibble for big-sized breeds usually costs 2-3 and even up to 5 times more than for small breeds. You should also remember that adult dogs as well as puppies need food supplements and vitamins. In addition, all dogs need not only dry food, but also natural meat, fish and cottage cheese.

Your budget should also include regular veterinary care such as annual vaccinations, vet's examinations and the purchase of anthelmintic and antiparasitic drugs.

Apart from that, your dog needs a lot of stuff; be sure to purchase bedding, bowls for food and water, a collar, a leash and harness as well as some different toys. While your puppy is in quarantine, it is strictly forbidden to use objects brought from outside, because you can bring viruses and bacteria with them. You cannot let your puppy play with plastic bottles which can be chewed and even eaten. On top of that, they may lead to intestinal obstruction. So don't skimp on the money and purchase at least 4-5 toys in a local pet store.

If you are an owner of a small dog, keep in mind that it needs additional warming and paw protection in the cold season. Buy a jumpsuit or jacket, as well as shoes, so that the reagents do not damage the pads of the paws.

Question 3: Do I have enough time and desire to walk my dog?

Walking for dogs is not only an opportunity to fulfill their natural needs, but also a vital time for socialization. During a walk, the dog gets acquainted with other animals, the environment and people around. Walking is essential for the puppy to discover the world, that's why a short 5-10 minute toilet promenade is not enough.

Consider wisely whether you are ready to spend your time on long walks which are vital for your dog's physical, emotional and mental development. Your motivation should sound like this: "I bought a dog and I want it to be happy, healthy, active and socially adapted, that's why I will find time for it."

A puppy shouldn't stay alone for a long time and should be accustomed to the "walking- feeding-walking-feeding" regime.

Question 4: Do I or my family members have animal allergies or cumulative allergies?

Want-to-be dog owners are advised to pass medical tests to be sure they are safe from allergy. If you have kids, they should pass the test as well. Most often, the allergen is not the fur itself, but the substances secreted by various glands. It can be saliva, sulfur, dandruff or other liquids. Remember that there's no hypoallergenic breeds!

If the analysis shows that you are allergic to fur, you can give your preference to a breed whose fur has a hair-like structure and causes no allergy. In this case you can get, for instance, a poodle.

There's such a thing as a cumulative allergy. It manifests itself only in a few weeks or even months after you have got an animal. That's why it is vital to pass an allergy test before you get a dog to protect yourself from the negative consequences.

Question 5: Who to leave my dog with while I am on vacation?

When buying a dog, we rarely think about where we will leave it when we are away on vacation and while a small dog can be left with your relatives, there may be problems with a big one. Remember that your pet is totally your responsibility. So to leave it with someone, you should be 100% sure it is well-mannered enough not to harm or scare anyone and not to spoil the apartment.

If you have no opportunity to leave the dog with your friends or relatives, you will probably have to leave your pet in an animal transfer unit or in a special hotel which are not at all cheap. Besides, you will have to provide a transfer unit with food, as well as leave money for emergencies (going to the vet, treatments, purchase of medicines, etc.). You should also warn them about dog's sex and temper peculiarities. For instance, your dog's potential keepers should be aware of its oestrus to prevent your animal having unwanted sexual contact.

Please also think about who will take care of your dog if you are sick or away and whether you can afford patronage service when your pet is sick and needs special care or when you have no time to walk your dog as many times as needed.

If the previous questions are resolved, you can move to the next 2.

Question 6: What do I need a dog for?

A dog can guard you and your family, be your city companion, a hunter, a babysitter... the list is almost endless! In the first turn, pay attention to the function which the dog will perform in the family, what you want from it, what should it do in the house.

Question 7: Are we physically and mentally compatible with our dogs?

When choosing your dog's size, focus on your psychological comfort. Many people are instinctively afraid of large dogs that's why they choose small or medium-sized breeds.

Please keep in mind that all dogs smell, but the intensity is different for each breed: for some, the smell is very subtle and some - very obvious.

The sound range for all breeds is different: some dogs do not bark, but whine and howl, some bark very loudly and frequently, some make unusual sounds such as rumbling and some are completely silent most of the time, but can scare with sudden, very low and loud barking.

When choosing a dog, pay attention to how it barks and what sounds it makes as this animal will be constantly around you. If the dog's barking irritates you or you have headaches because of it, consider getting a more silent breed.
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