I have spoken before about how much I love dogs, I have had two dogs throughout my lifetime and it’s true what they say: They really do become part of the family. However, it’s become a bit of a social trend to be obsessed with these furry companions. Over Christmas, charities and vets warn you not to buy or adopt a dog just for Christmas, because shelters become over populated and it’s just frankly sad on the poor pooches. Same goes for any pet really. So here’s a few things to consider before jumping in and buying a dog.
Some dogs don’t shed a lot of hair, surprisingly it’s normally the dogs that have loads of it. However, dogs do shed a lot of hair. My little Effie may as well be bald because of the amount of hair we’re constantly cleaning up. It gets everywhere and you can’t avoid it, you’re going to have to be on the ball if you don’t want fur lying around all over the house. It’s a chore, but it’s a chore that must be done.
They need to be walked
With my first dog, Misty, she reached a point where she was so poorly that she didn’t want to go for a walk. She was blind, scared and it just wasn’t worth scaring her like that. Effie on the other hand will start to be very naughty around 6pm which is normally when she goes for her walks. If she isn’t taken out, we’ll have a naughty pup for until we do take her out. She’ll start acting very hyperactive and mischievous and she becomes quite a pain in the backside. So, we take her out every day to avoid the hassle of having to tell her off for being naughty. It has to be a long walk too, 30 mins just won’t cut it, it’s not enough exercise for her and whats the point in only taking her out for half an hour anyway?
Puppies destroy everything, be patient or don’t have one
Effie was pretty bad for this at first, anything she could get her mouth on she would. The amount of shoes and things she’s destroyed is uncountable and it’s quite expensive to replace things, so we had to hide a lot of our things from her to stop her from eating them at first. She’s not as bad for it now but she still likes to steal and chew, this is a habit she simply needs to grow out of and all puppies are like this unless they’re some super dog. Effie also thinks she’s the Andrex puppy, we’ve gone into the bathroom on a few occasions to having toilet roll everywhere. The only solution was to tell her off and keep our bathroom doors shut at all times. She actually doesn’t do this now since we’ve trained her out of it, but at first it was a bit of a problem.
They know when they did wrong, don’t overdo punishment
When you tell off your puppy or your fully grown dog, they can tell by your body language, your voice and facial expressions that you’re angry. They’ll drop their tail, widen their eyes and sometimes even lie down and shake. Effie does this, she shakes and shakes in guilt after you tell her off. She knows she’s done wrong, but there is no need for me to overdo punishment. I normally leave it an hour before making up with her just so she knows that I was serious about being annoyed, she chewed up a debit card a few weeks ago and after I told her off and made up with her, she hasn’t been near my replacement card, which funnily enough I dropped on the floor right in front of her and she just walked right away from it. They know when they’re in trouble and what they did was bad, so we don’t need to overdo it on the punishment.
Puppies need house training right away, that pee in the kitchen aint cute
Puppies need to be housetrained. It’s so disgusting when you go to peoples houses and their dogs pee all over the place and the owner doesn’t care. It’s so toxic and full of germs, you need to housetrain your dog. Effie was housetrained in just over a week, she’s pretty clever and took to knowing when to go to the door pretty quickly. We haven’t had any deliberate “accidents” but we have had her pee in the house a few times after being housetrained, we just simply tell her off and take her outside so she knows that it is where she should go. We let her back in when she comes to the door but again, no need to overdo punishment, just keep her housetrained.
Some dogs have life long health conditions, it could be costly in the long run
Misty had a lot wrong with her. As a pup she was a healthy, happy, loving dog. As she got older, her skin became irritable and she was constantly itching away, she had an ear condition and she was going blind. Her skin was always flaking off by the time she approached the end of her life, and she stank because of it. It was sad, and it was costly. She was on a lot of medication and there was no avoiding it either because we loved her, and didn’t want her to be constantly in pain. But by the time we had to put her to sleep, the vet told us that her immune system was dying and she already was in a lot of pain. A lot of dogs have health conditions like this, it’s important to note this and research the breed that you want just so you know that if your pooch does have a condition, the cost of the medication and how to cope with it.
So, I hope these are helpful and if you’re looking into breeds that you potentially want to buy, a really good website to look at is DogTime.com as it rates dog breed characteristics, from friendliness and how easy they are to train, to how much shedding they have and how much they drool. It’s also a good website for first time dog owners, but it’s not the only website you should check out. Please do your research before you buy or adopt a dog. It’s so important, and you want to be 100% committed to your new pooch.