Choosing the right dog for you
Is a dog right for you?
Here at At Doodlebone®, we love dogs. But they are not every man’s best friend. Before buying a dog, there are many things you need to consider.
Dogs are an incredibly rewarding pet to own; endlessly affectionate and loyal, but part of this is in return to the amount of love and care you give them. Here are some important factors you should consider:
If you are someone with a busy lifestyle, who is often not at home for long periods of the day, then a dog may not be the best pet for you. Dogs find being alone stressful, which can result in unwanted behaviours such as barking and chewing furniture. Also, if you aren’t at home, it’s likely they aren’t getting the exercise they need. All breeds of dog need exercise every day to keep them healthy and happy!
Clearly if you live in a small house or a house without a garden you will need to consider more carefully what size and breed of dog you go for. Dogs are happiest when they have their own special space to sleep, so having enough room to provide that area is important.
A dog is an expensive pet to maintain. Whilst the benefits do far outweigh the costs, it is important to make sure the costs are affordable to you. You might find it easier to try and work out the cost of maintaining a dog before you buy one! Costs to consider after the initial purchase include insurance, vaccinations, microchipping, food, bedding, toys and vet bills. Further costs that won’t apply to everyone include cost of kennels if you go away, or a dog walker if you aren’t at home for long periods of the day.
Dog-proofing your home
Dog-proofing your home is essential to keep your new dog safe, as well as your possessions!
If you do have a garden, make sure it is safe and fully secured so they can’t escape.
Young dogs especially like to chew things, so inside your home make sure you hide cables and harmful substances such as cleaning products away in cupboards. There are other considerations too such as food and water bowls, toys and a dog bed.
Finally, don’t forget your At Doodlebone® products to keep them safe and in control out and about!
Exercising your dog
All dogs (and humans) need regular exercise to keep them healthy and happy! So, how long should you exercise your dog for?
There is no one answer! Every dog is different and the amount of exercise they need depends on their breed, size, weight and age. Larger dogs often need more exercise, whilst smaller breeds may prefer shorter walks a couple of times a day.
If you’re finding walks aren’t as enjoyable as you expected, then perhaps your dog is walking you. Click here for information on how to train your dog for walkies!
Microchipping your dog
Since April 2016, microchipping your dog has been a legal requirement in the UK, with a fine of up to £500 if you fail to do so. Each chip has a number unique to your pup that is stored on a database linked to your contact details. Puppies need to be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old and the chips should last a lifetime (just like our products!).