This time of year, as summer turns to autumn is a popular time for people to think about increasing the size of their household by adding a beautiful puppy dog to the family.

There are many benefits of dog ownership:

  • Companionship, dogs are highly sociable.
  • Home security.
  • Personal safety.
  • Health & fitness, they encourage us to get outside into the fresh air to exercise.
  • Lots of fun and of course; unconditional love.

The flip side of the coin is that they have needs of us too – lots of them and it is essential to understand what exactly they need from us and be sure that these needs fit well within the lifestyle of the family and the physical environment of the home.

Many of these needs are general to all dogs, such as the need for company and companionship, however there are also breed specific needs that range from the size of the dog and the degree of exercise required, plus…

It’s a really good idea to have a family discussion to be sure that you are all clear on what you are expecting from your new dog.

Bringing the right dog into the home can undoubtedly be truly delightful: however the wrong choice can be disastrous, so – do the research and choose wisely.

These are my top 5 tips for a life long loving relationship with your new furry best friend – maybe the best friend you’ll ever have!

  1. Space: the amount you have available; indoor and outside. How secure is your garden?
  2. Time: the amount of time you have available to spend with your dog. Dogs are very social and need to have company to be happy, so shouldn’t be left alone for too long.
  3. Exercise: the amount of exercise the breed type you fancy requires.
  4. Temperament: are you looking for a loving family pet, a dog that will be very tolerant with children, a dog that will be protective and guarding, tolerance with other dogs, ease of training, working potential and so on?
  5. Girl or boy? This is worth thinking through, because there can be significant differences of temperament between the sexes. Although these differences are often levelled significantly if they are neutered when young. Your vet will advise the optimum age for this.

Once your chosen puppy is settled in as part of the family why not have a photographic shoot, just her or him or the whole family together.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this short article and that you found it useful.

Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on this topic; your feedback is always welcomed

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