We can all get that questions at some point from our children, the “can we have a pet?” Sometimes that can fill parents with dread, and other times you may see it as an opportunity to help teach the world of responsibility to your little ones. Learning to feed something on time, taking them out for exercise if needed, and generally taking care of something that is living. However, if you are starting to see that the idea of a pet could be the perfect balance for your family, the best place to start is what type of pet. One of the most common pets to start with would be a family dog, as this can not only be a great responsibility for children, but a whole lot of fun as well. If a dog is the right pet for your family, then here is what to consider.
How much financial expense will you need to budget for?
There can be some financial expenses that you need to consider each month when it comes to a family dog, there is the food you need to buy, the regular treatments for things like fleas or ticks, and also worming medicine you need to give on a regular basis. All of which help to ensure that your dog stays fit and healthy. Other things are the expenses you may need to pay out for straight away, and then ongoing if they need replacing. Things like dog beds, dog brushes and bowls for them to eat and drink out of. Last of all, there is the recreational things such as dog leads and toys.
What type of food and additional snacks or treats will a dog need?
Another thing to specifically think about is they type of food and snacks your dog might need. Maybe you might want to consider the breed and size of dog you go for to ensure that they are getting the right food they need. Some owners stick with dry food, while others like to incorporate wet food into the mix. Snacks and treats may also be purchased, and you may even want to think about dental treats to combat their teeth and bad breath. There is much to think about, but speaking with a local pet store might be the best way to be informed.
How long might they be left on their own for?
Will they be left on their own for any period of time? Are you out at work all day while children are in school? Then it may be worth thinking about how long that might be for, and making other arrangements like having a dog walking service or someone dropping in to check on them. This is when you may also want to try some dog toys for mental stimulation that could help them during the day. Exercise is also important for your pet dog, so try and consider when you will fit that in during a normal working day.
Where will they sleep?
You need to think about the sleeping arrangements for your dog. Not everyone is happy for their pet to sleep upstairs in your bedrooms or on your furniture. Purchasing a dog bed from the start and placing it in a set place will give your pet dog their own territory and will help you to train them to sleep or even relax there.
Let’s hope this helps you to think about what you may need to consider when adding a pet dog to the family.