Dogs really are man’s best friend, incredibly loyal and loving, a family dog provides much pleasure and enjoyment when in a family environment. However, it is important that you understand the level of commitment that raising a dog involves, and many poor dogs are in the care of rescue facilities because their owner wasn’t prepared to make sacrifices. A dog is not a toy that you can simply put away when you want some peace and quiet, and you must be prepared for a long-haul commitment of as much as 15 years, which means you are responsible for his well-being.

A Suitable Breed

Working on the general rule that the bigger the dog, the more exercise he needs, you need to consider your living environment and lifestyle. Is your back garden large enough for him to run around? Are you prepared to take him for daily walks, preferably in a park where he can be let off the leash? Dogs have an awful lot of energy and if they do not get adequate exercise, behavioural issues can quickly arise. If big dogs are not a problem, labradors, golden retrievers, border collies and beagles are all great family dogs, while a poodle is ideal if you want something smaller.

Healthcare

Your dog is a member of the family, therefore, he should have regular check-ups with the local vet, plus have his vaccinations as soon as possible. If you are looking for pet insurance in Australia, a Google search will help you find a leading provider, and with a range of packages to suit every budget, it isn’t difficult to get your dog covered for medical expenses. A well-balanced diet is essential, and keep the treats to a minimum, and make sure you introduce him to dry dogfood, which should be used as a food supplement that ensures he has all the vitamins and minerals he needs. A puppy needs to be vaccinated as soon as possible and certainly before he is allowed to mix with other dogs, so bear this in mind.

Dog Training

Behavioural issues usually occur for one of two reasons; lack of exercise or incorrect training, which means you need to decide on the rules before you introduce the puppy to his new home. The reward system is the best way to train a dog, which involves giving affection when he does something right, and when training him, make good use of chewy treats as rewards. In the event he doesn’t get it right, a serious look will tell him that you are not happy and with repetitive consistent action, it doesn’t take long for a puppy to understand the rules. It is all about consistency and rewarding the right behaviour, which will help the young dog understand what is required of him.

It is always a good idea to do some online research about the type of dog you have in mind, and rather than approaching a breeder, why not visit a dog rescue facility and give a dog a second chance in life?

Jack Gavin

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