Before you even begin the process of adopting a dog into your family, it’s important that everyone in the entire family is completely aware of the responsibilities of getting a new dog. Of course, every child would be over the moon if a new pet came home, and they would likely drown it in cuddles and affection… but sometimes this excitement wears off after a few weeks. It’s important that your children are aware that a dog is a huge commitment, and cannot just be forgotten about once the excitement of having a new pet wears off.
Unfortunately this is normally how so many dogs end up in animal shelters in the first place – people bring a new puppy or dog home, and after a short time, everyone stops bothering to look after it, and it ends up being neglected to the point where he or she is no longer wanted, and then is dropped off at the local animal shelter.
To prevent this from happening, it’s important to be completely aware of all of the responsibilities involved with having a dog. Take a look at the below list and have a meeting with the family to go through all of it, so you can make a decision as to whether your family is completely ready for this new furry friend or not.
What dogs need in a home:
- Lot’s of cuddles, affection and human interaction
- Regular food and water
- Regular walks (at least once a day)
- Toys to play with
- Treats (to rewards good behaviour)
- A comfortable, sheltered place to sleep
If you adopt a dog that comes with certain behavioural issues – such as excessive barking, over excitement or a habit to chew or bite things – you’ll need to bring him or her to a local dog training school. This is important not only to stop bad habits, but to reinforce good habits too.