Checklist for those who decide to have a dog
The appearance of a dog is akin to the appearance of a new member of the family and is accompanied by a large number of changes for both the dog and you. We have compiled a list of the necessary items to help make this transition most smoothly. Perhaps for you personally something will be superfluous – we tried to make the list the most complete.
Important questions for potential dog owners:
Do you have other dogs and how will they respond to the new one?
Is your apartment or house suitable for the type of dog you want to get?
How will your life (family, friends, vacations) and work affect your ability to care for your dog?
Think about what to do with the dog, how to feed, care, whether to take with you during your vacation, business trips, trips to the country?
How do the people you live with treat dogs and what do they think of the appearance of the dog in the house? Is there any consensus in the family on this issue?
Does anyone have allergies?
What breed of dogs and what character of dog are best suited for you and your lifestyle (calm, active, not requiring frequent walking)?
Is there an adult in the family who has agreed to be fully responsible for the care of the dog?
Not mandatory but important questions:
What do you expect from a dog and its character? For example, do you want a friend for walking, a guard for the house, a friend for children, a feeder for food?
If you plan to take a puppy – do you have the time and patience to work with him and endure his little pranks as a teenager, accept his excess energy, desire to gnaw or tear your things?
Can you train and manage a dog that has problems with his upbringing, or are you just looking for a light outgoing friend?
Do you need a dog that children can easily handle, or is it unimportant for you?
Do you need a dog that you can take with you on a trip?
About dog size:
What size dog is right for your apartment or home?
If you take a puppy, will there be enough space in the house when it grows larger than expected?
What size dog is suitable for the people you live with?
Do you already have a dog whose size should be considered when choosing the next?
How big can a dog be with which you will easily travel or move from apartment to cottage?
Dog at home
Cash costs for a dog:
The dog needs to be sterilized (castrated) – the streets and shelters are crowded with stray animals, most of which will never find a home, and this is due to uncontrolled breeding of animals.
If the dog taken from the shelter is not yet sterilized – you will have to pay for sterilization or castration of the dog (5-15 thousand rubles, depending on the size of the dog) – find out in advance when choosing (read “5 questions to ask if you want to shelter a dog “).
Some expenses are mandatory for all dogs, including:
Food (~ 2000 rubles per month).
Regular veterinary care.
Collars, leashes (~ 1000 rub.).
Some items for the care of a dog, combs, shampoos (~ 1000 rubles).
The following costs may not be required, but we still recommend:
Chipping (~ 700 rub.).
Additional costs for grooming, grooming, professional grooming (depending on the needs of your dog).
Spare collar and leash.
Bed and toys.
Carrying box (~ 1000-5000 rub.).
Unexpected expenses that may arise:
An accident or illness can lead to costly emergency veterinary care.
Dogs with special physical or behavioral problems may require special professional support.
The cost of your time:
Dogs should eat two to three times a day, and puppies more often. Need constant access to fresh water.
The person in charge of the dog should give her and only her at least one hour a day. It can be a walk, a game, training, exercise.
The dog should be taken to the toilet several times a day.
A dog with more energy needs more time to train and play games.
Dogs with long hair should be given at least 10 minutes a day to care for their hair in order to prevent wrinkling.
A dog with certain medical conditions may need extra attention, including special time shots in the case of an animal with diabetes.
It’s best to start buying something for the dog after choosing a particular dog. Some things, such as food, bowls, collars, leashes, depend on the size of the dog you choose.
Sleeping place for a dog
Also, find out what food your dog ate in the shelter or previous family. At first, it is better to feed the same in order to ease getting used to the new house and reduce stress, and then gradually transfer to another feed, if necessary.