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Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Dog

Dogs require a lot of work, time, and patience to become excellent pets, and whilst they are almost always loving and playful, a lot of effort needs to go in for them to become the most they can be. Created a loyal pet that listens and follows instructions isn’t an easy task that happens overnight, and actually requires years of training and reinforcement. Dogs will bite and chew on things, pee and poo everywhere, jump up, pull on the lead, bark at the neighbours, ect., that’s why extensive training in their early years is critical for you puppy’s development.

So before you think about owning a dog, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have enough time to put into training and establishing guidelines for both the dog and the humans getting the dog?

  • Do you have enough time and motivation to attend weekly dog training classes?

  • Is this dog going to be an active part of your family (please note, keeping your dog outside 24/7 and claiming to take it for one walk a day does not qualify as “active part of your family”)

  • Are you prepared to self educate in a timely way? This means, surfing the net for help in dog behavioural issues/and or buying dog training books, or watching behavioural videos?

  • Do you understand that in order to change dog behaviour, you need to firstly change human behaviour?

  • Will you puppy/dog proof areas of your house and yard for your dog?

  • Do you have appropriate fencing?

If you answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, we ask that you reconsider bringing a dog into your life until you can fulfill all of these points.

Other problem signs that show you aren’t ready for dog ownership include:

  • You have 1 or more young children who are currently taking up the majority of your time.

  • You have older children who require you to take them to multiple appointments and events every week.

  • You haven’t established good behavioural rules and guidelines for members of your family.

  • You are currently working full time and studying out of hours (or variation thereof)

  • You believe crating your dog for hours at a time is appropriate.

  • You leave for work at 7am in the morning and get home at 7pm or later each day.

  • Your significant other, who will be spending the majority of time at home, isn’t as in love with the idea of having a dog as are you.

  • Any member of your household is fearful of dogs.

If any of these warning signs are present in your home, then right now isn’t a good time to get a dog, but that doesn’t mean you can never get a dog. Over time your circumstances or commitments may change, meaning you have more time to devote to your pet. Well behaved dogs aren’t an accident, and are your reward for hard work and dedication to your pet.

If you have any further questions as to whether pet ownership is right for you, please feel free to contact us at

Pictured here is Rose, one of our beautiful dogs living happily with her new family.

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