Without doubt, one of the most popular animals to have as a pet in the UK is a dog, but would you know what to think about when deciding which dog to choose, and would you know what equipment you need and how to care for it? Here are some of the things you need to consider.
According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, in 2014 there were nine million dogs in the UK, making dogs the most popular pet after fish. However, getting a dog isn’t something that should be entered into lightly, and there are lots of things that you will need to consider.
Choosing the Dog
The main thing to decide when choosing the dog is which breed you want to get. When making this decision, you will need to contemplate the fully grown size of the dog, the size of your property and whether you have any children at home. It is also important to consider how often they will need exercising and whether there is anybody at home during the day. The cost of keeping a dog is also something to think about. Not only are there the day-to-day costs of feeding and equipment, but you will also need to think about how you will pay for the dog to be treated by a vet should you require one.
Equipment and Services You Will Need
There are several pieces of equipment you will need, such as a lead, dog bed and food and water bowls. You may also want to purchase some toys which will keep your dog amused. You will need the services of a vet and may want to take out pet insurance to cover this. You may also require a dog grooming service. The Mirror recently reported on a dog grooming competition where owners groom their pets to look like film stars. However, if you want more traditional grooming there are many companies available.
It is really important when taking your dog that you think ahead and consider food and drink such as Healthy Dog Treats.
These treats can be found at https://theinnocentpet.co.uk/collections/dog-treats and other such websites.
Hopefully, this has shown that there are many things to consider when choosing a dog. It is important to think about getting a dog very carefully so that you don’t end up in a position where you will need to find the dog an alternative home.