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  • Writer's pictureVickie Foster

What To Know Before Getting a Dog

Is there a new dog in your future? Read some of our tips to consider before bringing a new dog into the household. Owning a dog can be hugely rewarding. It is also a big responsibility. You have to consider the cost of care, vet visits, and upkeep. Below is a list of what you need to keep in mind when getting a dog.

1. Pets are not disposable

Owning a pet is a commitment for life. It is very traumatic for a dog to give it away or rehome it. You must be willing to commit to owning the dog and providing for its needs. Think carefully about your commitment.

2. Research dog breeds for a good fit

There are so many factors to choosing the right dog breed. Here is a list of some of the items to consider.

  • What kind of home do you live in and does it have enough space for a dog?

  • Are there kids in your household or will there be in the future?

  • Do you have experience being a dog owner?

  • What type of personality should your dog have?

  • Can you tolerate much barking?

  • How much time can you spend with your pet?

  • What size and weight do you want your dog to be?

  • Do you want a mixed or purebred?

Take a look at the American Kennel Club’s website for more information about choosing a dog breed. It has a breed dog tes t and questions to think about.

3. Pets require a financial commitment

Average costs for a dog includes veterinary care, supplies, and food which works out to around $800 to $1,000 a year. Add to that the cost of any emergency vet visits you might have. Will a new dog fit into your budget?

4. Get acquainted

Talk to the staff of the shelter or rescue where you are getting your dog about the dog and any health needs it might have. Make sure the dog meets everyone who is living in your home. Consider if it is a good match with everyone. Do you have the space and time to care for your new dog, giving it the best possible chance for a new life.

5. Neuter or spay your new dog

It is essential to get your pet neutered or spayed. Neutered and spayed pets live healthier, happier lives. They are not bringing unwanted litters into the world and it is less stressful for them. A female dog will have fewer urine infections and a lower risk of breast tumors.

6. Have the essentials read

you will need to have certain items ready when you bring your new dog home. Make sure you have the following:

  • collar

  • ID tag

  • water and food bowls (stay away from plastic that can harbor bacteria instead choose ceramic, glass, or steel

  • leash (4 to 6 feet long)

  • Toys (see our blog on 7/29/22 - 4 characteristics of good dog toys)

  • food and treats

  • comfortable bedding

7. Schedule an appointment with your vet

Take your new dog to the vet to get a wellness check up. Your vet will make sure that your dog is up to date on vaccinations. You can get your dog a rabies tag during the visit. Find out from your vet what the best food is for your pet’s nutrition needs.

Enjoy your new family member. You have researched what you need to know to make your dog’s life the best it can be.



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