Taking dog ownership seriously

Owning
a dog is a serious commitment. 
Hopefully if any of you gave a puppy as a present for Christmas you have
already done your research and not purchased or adopted a dog on a whim. Our dog is such an important member of the
family, she is such a loving companion to her little pack. The world as a whole she isn’t always so
keen, but regardless of her quirks I wouldn’t be without her for anything.

All I want for Christmas is a toy gingerbread man đŸ˜€ #dogsoninstagram x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Dec 25, 2016 at 4:13am PST

The
Dogs Trust are very big on the slogan “a dog is for life not just for
Christmas” getting a dog requires preparation, time and patience… puppies can
be destructive as their new teeth come through and toilet training can be quite
the challenge! They might seem so cute
and adorable but you really need to think of the practicalities and reality of
dog ownership. Having been behind
in the scenes at a Dogs Trust
and seeing so many dogs that have been
abandoned its heartbreaking, so I am all for people not going into dog
ownership lightly. When your dog gets older there could be increased costs too, our last dog needed heart tablets at a cost of £100 a month, so please make sure you can afford to keep your dog now and when its mature.

You
need to make sure you have all your essentials in place. We had a crate
early on until toilet training was established and to keep our precious pup
safe through the night as she would try and chew on anything if left to her own
devices, I was worried she would come to harm otherwise when unsupervised
whilst we slept.


It’s
important to get a decent dog lead to keep your dog safe and secure when on
walks. UK dog leads have plenty of choice
depending on your needs. If you want
your dog to have a bit more freedom you could get a longer length or if you now
have two dogs a double dog lead might be more suitable. We have a harness for our dog as it helps us walk her more easily as she is quite strong. The picture above is from our visit to the dogs trust, if you really do want a dog always consider adopting one first.

You need to make sure
you sign them up to your local vet for immunizations, worming tablets and make
a decision whether to neuter your dog. 
It is a big operation for a girl dog but has lots of health benefits so
our dog had the operation.

It can also be worthwhile
going to dog training sessions to help socialise your dog and help them
understand useful commands. It’s an
incredible feeling when you finally teach your dog to sit and stay! The boys still want to teach roll over but
she’s not having any of that…

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