So you are thinking about getting a Dog?
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Making the choice to add a dog, as an addition to the family unit, is not something to be taken lightly. This is a big and important decision and should be given due consideration.
If the decision involves getting a puppy as opposed to an adult dog, you must make sure all the supporting elements are in place before the puppy is brought home. Some of the things to think about is if you have enough free time in your life to care for a pet, if there is enough indoor and outdoor space to accommodate a pet, if you have any health considerations to think about such as allergies, and if your finances can accommodate the care and medical needs of a new dog.
When adding an adult dog to the home the temperament of the family and animal should be compatible. Without this compatibility, both sides are bound to encounter problems and the animal would most likely be the one that suffers the most.
Then there is also the need to do substantial research if you are thinking about a purebred dog. The complications here can be the cost to acquire the puppy as well as the added expense of upkeep where such dogs may require a specific diet and care – they might also be prone to breed specific medical issues where in many cases these are not covered by a pet medical aid.
Adopting a dog from an animal shelter could be the most humane choice to make and this is of course welcomed by both the animal and welfare societies.
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