Are you Ready for a Dog?
Owning a dog has many benefits – they offer companionship and entertainment, they can help keep you fit, teach children responsibility, and they can even boost your mood. They can provide a world of happiness and fulfilment for the right owners.
It is vital however, that people understand what it truly means to live with a dog. Solid research and planning for a new pup is vital, and one should never take owning a dog lightly. Any new dog will be your responsibly for the entirety of the animal’s lifetime.
This is why the Dog’s Trust campaign “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas” is so important. Dogs are not toys or gifts. Children, for example, have short attention spans – and the novelty of a new dog may wear off quickly. The Dog’s Trust took in over 15,000 dogs in its 18 rescue centres through 2013, so the message of responsible dog ownership, especially at Christmas, is as important now as it ever was.
Before you purchase or adopt a dog therefore, Groomers suggests you ask yourself these important questions:
- Can you afford a dog?
- Will a dog fit your lifestyle? Can you offer a routine to fit their needs?
- Can you invest time into your dog?
- Why do you want a dog? Can you maintain this commitment?
If you can truly answer yes to all these questions, a new pet in the New Year could be ideal. This gives everyone in the family time to reflect on the decision, and allows you to plan appropriately.