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5 Things to Consider before adding a new dog to your family

Bringing a dog into your family shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are a host of things that need to be considered that sometimes people may overlook which could lead to problems down the line. 

Point here is to do a little research and put a some thought into getting a dog so you are well prepared for what is to come and how it can affect your family especially if you have children.

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Cost

The cost of owning a dog can often be overlooked. There are a lot of costs that could really start to snowball so it’s important you understand the potential costs. 

Of course, you have the obvious things like foods and simple things like toys and treats. Though you may have other costs which can rack up, things like vet’s costs and insurance are something you immediately need to think of. 

Also there could be even more additional costs like if you and the family go abroad on holiday it mightn’t be practical to bring your dog so you have to not only consider the costs but also where/who you will take care of your dog when you are away. 

All of these things should be clearly measured and worked out before making the decision. That’s especially important if you have children because this will further increase the cost of your household. For more information on dog costs check out this article – Cost of Owning a Dog (Guide).

Time

Something that also should be considered is time. Taking care of a dog is something that can be very time consuming especially if you have never taken care of a dog before. 

Specifically, if you have a new puppy they will need to be trained and because of that you will need to spend time to learn how to take care of them properly. 

I would highly recommend spending some time before you get your dog for learning how to train your dog and typical dog tendencies, for example – puppy training a puppy.

After you have spent some time learning – this will allow you to familiarise yourself with important things for taking care of your dog even before you get one!

Take Time to Choose Your Dog

Again, this is a particularly important thing. Often people have a bread in mind, though my personal recommendation is to at least take some time to learn more about the bread and what their tendencies and temperament are like. 

Doing this also allows you to find out other dog breads temperaments so you can choose one to be with you and your family. 

For example, choosing a friendly and calm type dog like a golden retriever would be a good choice if you have younger children. They will be calm around them and you really wouldn’t have to be even mildly concerned leaving them alone in a room with your children.

Consider your Children’s Ages

When your children are younger like the ages up to 10 having a dog can be a tremendous positive impact on them. 

They offer each other company and they can learn and grow up together. They will likely form a close bond over time that will have a very positive impact on them. 

It will not only be calming for your children but also offer them company and someone to play with whenever they like. It’s great for both your children’s physical and mental health – absolutely worth getting a dog then!

Lifestyle

When I say lifestyle, I am talking about choosing a dog that fits your own lifestyle. As I already mentioned earlier in the article choosing a more friendly and calm dog is probably a good decision for families with younger children. 

Also, another example is if you are active choosing a dog that loves to be active and fit would be a great idea, then you both can complement each other well. Also, things like allergies should be considered before bringing a dog into your home and if anyone in your family could be affected by having them present.

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