Dogs have always been man’s best friend. Many people all over the world love dogs. However, only a tiny fraction of dog lovers own one. Most people shy away from owning one because of the amount of attention and care dogs need especially for people living in metropolitan locations. Many people’s lifestyle also keep them from being able to take care of a dog. Owning a dog is like having a small kid because of the amount of responsibilities involved. However, most dog owners can agree that owning a dog is worthwhile since they provide companionship, unconditional love, security among other perks. People may decide to get themselves a dog for one reason or the other. Before doing so there are a range of things you need to think about. They include the following.
First you need to think about the kind of breed you want. There are over 300 breeds of dogs in the world. Different dog breeds come with different sizes, needs, temperaments and also looks. How cute a dog is should not be the major determinant of which dog to get. You have to analyse your lifestyle in order to pick the most compatible dog breed for you. People who live in big cities for instance prefer the smaller dog types like pugs and Chihuahuas as opposed to bigger breeds like German shepherds which require more space.
Another thing to consider before getting a dog is whether to adopt a dog or to get one from a pet store. Most people prefer to get puppies from pet stores. This is all good but the noble option would be to adopt one from the pet rescue centers available. You find all kinds of dogs in these centers mostly old dogs who don’t have owners and have been rescued mostly from the streets. Like the other dogs, these dogs also need love and a home.
Dog food is another important factor to take into account. Most people do not know what dogs need in their diet as well as the quantities of food and number of times you’ll have to feed them. It is a good idea to seek advice from a vet to seek advice on what kinds of food your pet requirements and the amounts. Also, do not be afraid to seek advice from other pet owners. It is also vital to learn what foods may be harmful to your dog’s health.
The last thing you need to consider is where the dog will sleep. Many people prefer their puppies sleeping in a dog house while most allow them to sleep inside the house or even next to them on their beds. The key thing is to make sure the dog is comfortable and shielded from bad weather conditions.