Whether you end up getting a pedigree or a mixed dog one of the first things that you will want to do (if you haven’t already) is take your new puppy/dog to the veterinarian. Choosing a good veterinarian is as important as choosing a good dog. You should make sure that the veterinarian you choose is available at hours that are convenient for you and that the veterinarian’s clinic is close enough that should you have an emergency no precious time will be lost. It is recommended to find a veterinarian even before you bring your new dog home. Making sure your dog has thorough and regular checkups is your responsibility its owner. Many illnesses can’t even be detected without X-rays, blood or urine tests and so having these done right from the start will help to ensure that any potential problems are taken care of.
Reasons for choosing a dog
When choosing a dog it is important to understand right from the start that dogs are not just status symbols. They are living beings with feelings and rights. Getting a dog just because you think that having it on the end of a leash while you walk down the boardwalk will make you look cooler is not a reason that will stand the trials and tests of living with a dog. You want to be sure that your reasons for getting a dog will stand the test of time and even though you may experience problems your love for your dog will win out in the end.
Weighing your options
As you make your choice of dog it is a good idea to take your time and choose carefully. Getting a dog should be like getting married. Not only are there things that you hope for and expect from the arrangement but there are also things you will be expected to do and sacrifices to make. If you find that a certain breed needs too much personal attention then maybe you need to reevaluate your choice. In the end it is not so much about looks that makes for a good choice but about finding a loyal and lovable friend and companion.