Loyal companionship

Loyal companionship

If you are planning to bring home a furry friend, there are a few factors you need to keep in mind. Srinivasulu Gaddala lists them out

Most of us who have pets in our homes treat them as an integral member of our family. This is especially true in the case of dogs and one can see many owners doting on them. However, one must keep in mind that bringing home a dog is a major decision that can change the dynamics at your residence.

So, before taking the plunge and falling head over heels in love with your canine, be absolutely sure that you want to do this. To make a more informed choice, talk with dog owners or pet professionals to learn about the cost and time commitment needed to be a good ‘dog parent’.

And before bringing your dog home, make sure that you have a dog-friendly home that is filled with all the necessary supplies needed for dog care. In case you have made your decision to own a dog, congratulations!

Right choice

With the decision made, it’s time to find out which type of dog would be best for you and your home. Knowing what breed you want can help you learn more about your dog. While many choose purebred dogs, there are some who choose a mixed breed. The reasons can be many — physical look, personality, temperament and behaviour of a particular breed might interest them.

Ensure that the breed suits your lifestyle, as this will lead to the optimal and positive experience for both, you and the dog. For instance, some look for a dog to cuddle with, while others look for sporty ones. All of us are different; so, its important to remember that what worked for your friends may not work for you.

The next factor to consider is the height or size of your dog. The type of home you live in, your personal preference and willingness to care for your dog would help you decide.

If you live in an apartment with no yard and would like to keep your dog on your lap and carry around, a small-sized dog would be a good choice. Small dogs are delicate and vulnerable. They often need obedience training.

On the other hand, large dogs would need more space to move around, more dog food and supplies, which adds to the cost of ownership. If you are unsure, you can opt for a medium-sized dog.

Age is another factor to consider. Some people prefer to bring home puppies, while others like to get them when they are older. A puppy would need the maximum amount of attention and time, particularly in the first six months.

As your puppy grows up, you will be able to help mould his personality the way you like. Older dogs can be lot of fun, too. If you get an adult dog, you will be able to skip the development phase of the dog, which is the most time-consuming.

All dogs need some form of grooming. So, keep in mind that you would need to invest time in this. Also, some dogs tend to shed more hair, are prone to ear infections and drool more. If you get home a dog whose hair grows faster, it may be necessary to use an advanced grooming routine . What’s more, some dog breeds are more energetic than others.

However, regular physical exercise is essential for all dogs, irrespective of their breed, to keep them happy and healthy. Dogs also like company. So, make sure you have enough time to be with them. If you can’t be around your dog during the day, then try to find a dog daycare or boarding facility that can help your dog socialise and get the required exercise.

Finding the right dog can be quite a challenge. But once you do find the right one, be rest assured that you’ll enjoy your furry friend’s company and make wonderful memories, sure to last for a lifetime.

(The author is head of operations, Petboro pet resort & kennels, Bengaluru)

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