Dogs aren’t toys to play with – they’re a long-term commitment. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with the dog, so whether you’re rescuing an old dog or adopting a young pup, it’s important to do your due diligence first. Here are just a few of the things you should keep in mind before settling on a new dog.
Be a Bit Pragmatic
Many people have a ‘dream dog’; a breed of dog that they desperately want. It’s great to be passionate about your new furry pal, but it’s also important when buying a dog that you ask yourself whether or not you’ll be able to properly care for a particular breed in your circumstances.
If you live in a boiling hot climate without good shade or air conditioning and have no time to at all to exercise your dog, maybe a Siberian Husky isn’t for you. If you live in a teeny tiny apartment, you might not have space for a Great Dane. If you’ve got somebody in the house with terrible allergies, consider a hypoallergenic pet.
Do the Research
Check the Breed
Spend time researching different breeds from reputable sources. Talk with a vet, trusted breeder, your friends who own or have owned similar types of dogs to the ones you’re looking at, or somebody with canine training certification. It’s hard enough caring for, acclimatising and training a new member of the family without any surprises being thrown into the mix.
For example, you’d like a Jack Russell Terrier because they’re cute and tiny, but you also need to know that they’ve been bred as hunting dogs, bark surprisingly loudly, are proficient diggers, and have huge amounts of energy. If you’re going to buy a dog like that, you should know what you’re in for!
Check the Source
Most of the people who supply dogs, from the folks who work at shelters to small-time breeders, are wonderful people. They’re ethically minded, and care deeply about animals. However, there are some bad eggs out there, too. Be careful and make sure you’re supporting good people (and good handling of dogs) when you make your decision.
Training Matters Most of All
You can pick the best dog in the world for your family, but if you miss out on comprehensive dog training, you’ll be in trouble regardless! As important as it is to choose the right pet, it’s important to get the right dog trainer, too.
Dog Obedience Courses
Did you know that NDTF is the national representative for the dog training industry and we offer Australia’s only government-approved dog training course for professional dog trainers?
For professional advice or enquiries about any issues you’re experiencing with your dog or more information about becoming a dog training trainer by getting a dog training certification, call 1300 66 44 66 or contact us online.