If you are planning on adding a new furry member to your family you will probably be wondering where on earth to start! There are so many factors that must be considered to ensure the pet fits you, and that you fit the pet.
We are huge supporters of adopting pets but understand this isn't always the best option for every situation. If you are going to purchase a puppy, make sure you do your research!
Good behaviour is just one thing that can make the human/pet relationship amazing, so before you choose your new friend here are some tips for getting on the right track.
Choose a breed appropriate to your lifestyle. Problem behaviour is not uncommon in pets kept in the wrong environment. Be honest with yourself, for example how much exercise will you be able to give a dog?
Check out their relatives. Try to meet mum and dad. Are they well behaved? Can you recognise any anxiety or behaviour issues in the family?
Spend as much time as possible with a litter before you make a choice. You might feel sorry for the smallest and quietest puppy or kitten in the corner but make sure they are still the best fit, it is generally best to choose a friendly and confident animal who will make a good family pet.
Plan plan plan. The first six months are critical when starting out. Will you have time to put in essential training such as puppy pre school? Are you and your family going to be able to be consistent with training?
Are you going to be able to provide your pet with essential health care, diet and grooming to make their life happy and comfortable?
We are always here to help you plan and can answer any questions when it comes to choosing the right pet for your family - ask one of our friendly team today.