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A Guide for New Dog Owners Part 1


It is always exciting to add a new member to your family especially if it’s a cute little puppy. 

Having a pet means having a constant and loyal companion who will love you unconditionally and will give you and everyone around you so much happiness. 

Having a pet requires commitment, as they require consistent care. 

First-time dog owners, you must consider the following before getting or adopting a dog:

Before Choosing a Dog Breed

Choose a dog breed that fits into your lifestyle! Every dog has different needs depending on its breed.

– Big dogs require more physical exercise and training while smaller dogs can easily get injured which makes them less suitable for families with small children.

– Another thing to consider is your budget, buying a dog requires an extra budget for vet bills, gates, crates, leashes, food, vaccines, collars, and protective equipment to dog-proof your house.

–  Long haired dogs need more time, attention, and budgeting, towards grooming and cleaning needs. 

 Long haired dogs shed much more, which creates hair throughout your home. 

– Big dogs require more time and care then smaller dogs. You will need to walk them and play with them frequently, to ensure they receive the proper amount of stimulation. 

Size of Your Home – Are You Renting? Do You Own a Home?

– The size of your dog should depend on the size of your home. It is not advisable to have a big dog in a small apartment setting. 

– If you’re living in an apartment with a dog that barks a lot you will quickly rack up noise complaints. Some small dog breeds bark excessively, while other big dogs have booming barks. Consider adopting an adult dog that’s already trained to not bark if your pet will be in an apartment. 

– Homes that have large yards where the dog can can run and have enough physical activity, are necessary for bigger dogs.  

Renting and Liability Insurance

– If you are renting a home then you should ask if your landlord allows dogs in the rental. If they do, what breeds do they allow? It is also important to ask if you will need renter’s liability insurance. Be sure to check with your local insurance agent to verify that the insurance your landlord carries will cover the size, breed, and age of the dog you’re considering getting.

If you found this informative,

Click the following link to read Part 2 of A Guide for New Dog Owners.

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