What Dog Should I Get? Shocking statistics released this week found that a large proportion of dogs bought during the pandemic haven’t been socialised – with some having never even been to a park, or a long walk!
While it’s easy to say these dogs should never have been bought, we should highlight the importance of research and careful consideration when looking to get a dog in the first place.
Is your home big enough to house a dog? Can you dedicate time to walk and train them? Are you looking for a small or large dog?
Bear in mind, small dogs still need exercise of around two 30 minute walks a day. Large breed dogs require double that amount to keep there mind and body in a healthy condition. Think about the cold wet winter mornings, they will still look at you to take them out!
Dogs should not be left alone all day. Do you work close to home? Can one of the household travel during lunch a lunch break to let them out? If you cannot commit to this, do you have the spare income to pay a local dog day care service to come and let them out each day. Bear in mind this could be around £200 per month.
Nutrition is another factor to consider. To feed your dog a healthy diet will cost in the region of £50 a month for a small breed dog and double for that of a large breed. We recommend Jackson’s UK for an excellent range of complete dry dog food recipes.
These are questions people should be asking themselves, as well as concluding that the time isn’t right for a pet if the animal’s needs can’t be met.
If you do think you can make a wonderful home for a dog, though, it’s good to know which breed you should go for.
It doesn’t need to be hard and fast, but you’ll have a vastly different experience with a chihuahua than you will a collie! Do your research before jumping in!
Adopt don’t shop where possible, but if you are going to buy a dog make sure you do so from a registered breeder and have dogs vet checked (and always see the parents).
Dogs are living beings and bring great joy to a family, they will quickly become a treasured family members once you have them.
Bedding is another factor to consider. Here at DogStuff® we have a great range of memory foam dog beds suitable for all breeds. Click HERE to see our range.
How is senior dog food different? Puppy diets are widely accepted within the industry, with clearly defined nutritional guidelines. Yet, in contrast, the nutritional requirements of senior dogs are not
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