Buying a puppy entails a lot of problems. The most important ones need to be thought out in advance. Otherwise, you may encounter a lack of understanding of loved ones up to the requirement to remove the animal from the house. What is the first thing to think about?
1. Which breed is right for you? There are more than five hundred dog breeds in the world, many of which vary greatly in size and specific needs. To keep a hunting dog in a city apartment, especially a greyhound, is only to torment it. Large dogs like St. Bernards or Black Terriers need room. The Dalmatian mastiff was bred as a “coach dog”, so without a daily multi-kilometer jog it will get fat or wither away. If you like fluffy Pomeranians and Chow Chows, consider how hot they will be in the area where you live. And the impressive appearance of the pit bull should remind you of a firm hand and proper upbringing.
2. Will all your family members be happy with your pet? Of course, if the mother, mother-in-law or brother of the nephew’s wife is against the animal in the house, he can be convinced that such daily rituals as cleaning, feeding, walking will not affect them. However, the tension in the family will stretch like a string. The dog will suffer the most from it. And she will not live very long without additional stress.
3. Can you give your pet enough time? Think about walking first. There should be 3-4 of them a day, otherwise the dog will have to endure too long. Failure to empty the bladder on time does not add to the health of the animal. In addition, the canine psyche requires games, especially at puppyhood, “hugs”, affectionate conversations. You will need to take care of your hair and teeth, shorten your claws, remember about mites in the grass and vitamins in your diet.
4. How will you deal with walking? The rules for keeping dogs in the city are becoming more and more strict. Most often, you will have to take your pet out on a leash, and sometimes in a muzzle that he hates. And the most important thing is excrement cleaning. City dwellers will not be pleased with dog heaps on lawns and sidewalks. Are you ready to always have a special bag with you and remove traces of life activity?
5. Continuation of the kind of pet. This is not the last but the most delicate question. If you are intimidated by the prospect of messing around with half a dozen puppies, then you need to think in advance what you will do when the animal wants to reproduce. This also leads to the question of choosing the sex of the dog. The dog will rush to his fellow tribesmen and can run away if he smells a bitch in heat, walking without a leash. The bitch will stain the floor and furniture twice a year, attract stray dogs, and she will not fail to run away either. Most likely, she will return to you, but after a while she will please the offspring. Of course, a dog of any gender can be spayed, but not everyone dares to do this.
So, have you thought about all these questions well? Then you can safely bring a puppy to the house.