Purchasing Your First Pet

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Are you thinking of getting your first dog? Congratulations! Becoming a dog owner is a major step, and it's critical that you take it carefully. Determine what type of dog is best for you and where to look for your first dog.

  • 01 of 06

    Make Sure You're Ready to Get a Dog

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    Before go out and get a dog, it's best that you ask yourself this question first. Are you truly ready to be a dog owner? A dog is a huge responsibility and usually a 12-15 year commitment.

    This is a financial, emotional, and time-consuming commitment. However, dog lovers the world over agree that it's all worth it. Are you truly prepared? Before you welcome a dog into your life, you should be certain and prepared. This entails creating a budget, changing your lifestyle, and involving other family members.

  • 02 of 06


    There are so many types of dogs to choose from. Which one is right for you? Before you settle on a dog breed or type of mix, consider the following factors:

    • Size: , medium, large, or ?
    • Age: , adult, or ?
    • Activity Level: High energy, low-energy, or somewhere in-between?

    Each of these has pros and cons. It depends on your lifestyle and personal preference.

    Other traits to consider include grooming needs, health concerns, personality traits, ease or training and more.

    Also, consider if you really need a purebred dog. It's acceptable if you adore a certain dog breed. However, do you prefer a mixed-breed dog? Mutts are fantastic and should be considered.

  • 03 of 06


    Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization is a wonderful way to assist a dog in need. Many homeless dogs are put to death while waiting for their forever homes, which never arrive. You can make a difference in one dog's life, and that dog will become your lifelong buddy.

    Even if you want a certain dog breed, you might still be able to adopt one. Look for breed-specific rescue groups in your area.

    Do your research in advance what to expect from dog adoption so the process won't be too overwhelming. When it's time to make a final decision, then sign the papers, you will be well-prepared.

  • 04 of 06


    Dogs of different sizes, ages, breeds, and personalities may generally be found at shelters and rescue groups. If you're looking for a purebred dog, you might be able to find one (look for breed-specific rescue groups.)

    There are several dog shelters and rescue organisations in most cities and villages. Where should I start? If you already know what sort of dog you want, a website like Petfinder.com can help you limit down your options to a few options.

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  • 05 of 06

    Find a Responsible Dog Breeder


    Do you have your heart set on a certain breed of dog? Perhaps you've made the decision to choose a puppy with a proven pedigree. You want to know everything there is to know about the puppy's parents and have documentation to confirm the dog's pedigree.

    If this describes you, finding a reliable dog breeder is critical. Backyard breeders should be avoided. Educate yourself so that you may trust that the breeder has done all necessary to produce healthy, well-adjusted puppies.

  • 06 of 06

    Avoid the Wrong Places to Look for a Dog


    When hunting for a dog, there are several locations you should avoid. Unfortunately, unscrupulous persons try to make money by cutting shortcuts and endangering pets. Others have good intentions and just wish to give a dog away, but that dog may have issues.

    Do not purchase a dog from an internet classified ad, a pet store, or a flea market. These are frequently puppies from puppy factories. They might, at the at least, have serious health problems. When you purchase from a dubious source, you are supporting reckless individuals. It's advised to avoid these circumstances unless you know the dog is with a legal adoption group or you know the dog's seller and history.

After finding your new best friend, it's time to get ready for the world of dog ownership.