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Guide to Getting a Dog

It is a great idea to get a dog as pet, as dogs are friendly as well as loyal animal. There are a number of sources, including breeders and rescue centers, from which a dog can be bought. If you want to buy a puppy then it is better to see its mother in order to check her temperament and characteristics. The most ideal age to buy a puppy is when it is between seven and eight weeks old.

Cost of owning a dog:

 Besides the initial cost of getting a dog, the estimated continuing costs, including food, veterinary fees and treatments, and pet insurance, are almost $ 25 per week, conditional on the size and breed of your selected pet dog.

Selecting a dog:

Before buying a dog, it is significant to consider well about the breed or crossbreed of dog you want to buy, and also the compatibility of your new pet with your personality as well as lifestyle. Here are some considerations in getting a right dog:

  • Consider whether you want to buy a male or female puppy or adult dog.
  • Consider the dog that best suits for your home, family, car, etc.
  • Your willingness to walk your dog every day.
  • Your level of interest in making a lifelong commitment to your dog.
  • Consider whether your new dog will bond with other pets in the household or not.
  • Finally, whether you can easily afford to keep a pet.

The best way to select a dog is to do a lot of research, including dog breeds, their potential health problems and characteristics, their required grooming, and their different behaviors.

Tips on new dog ownership:

Once you have decided to buy a dog, it is better to do some planning in order to provide an easy and pleasurable environment to your new pet dog. For this, following tips on new dog ownership can be of great help in taking proper care of it.

  • Basic things for your new pet include a dog bed, a comfortable collar, a lead, and food and water bowls.
  • Purchase some dog food, which can be completely dry food or semi-moist and tinned foods.
  • Check your new dog’s vaccination history. If it needs vaccination, call your veterinarian to book an appointment for vaccinations.
  • Ask your veterinarian to suggest puppy parties or dog training clubs in order to help socialize and train your dog, which include house training, staying and sitting.

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Dog’s Fact File

Generally, it is believed that the wolf is the common ancestor of the domestic dog. Dogs’ domestication started almost 15,000 years ago, during which humans chose for particularly attractive traits, such as its coat, color, and height. This selection process has led to over 400 various breeds of a dog.

If you see the world from a dog’s viewpoint, it can greatly help you in understanding your pet better; therefore, here are a few dog facts you must know.

Dogs have extremely well developed senses. They have highly developed sense of smell, which is far better to humans. They can also perceive sounds up to 4 times quieter than humans can hear. They have the ability to hear in ultrasound (sound with a frequency more than the upper limit of human hearing). Moreover, they can see very well in dark and dim light.

Dogs are omnivores. Since dogs eat both meat and plant food, they are called omnivores. Their teeth are designed for tearing meat and are used for crushing and grinding plant food.

Dogs are naturally curious. They vigorously look for information about their environs and will spend much time probing and searching.

Dogs use different methods to communicate. They communicate each other in order to form and maintain social groups. They can produce various sounds, often in intricate combination, such as whimpers, whines, howls, barks, and growls. In order to convey scent information, they use urine, feces and secretions from special scent glands. A number of dogs can use their body, face, tail, limbs, and ears to communicate with other dogs.

Dogs are highly social, intelligent, and playful. They enjoy the company of other dogs however they can form strong social bonds to humans and become their best friend. They are also extremely intelligent and can even learn the names of their toys. Moreover, they use special signs to exhibit they want to play. For this, they show ‘play bow’ behavior, in which they crouch on their forelimbs, remain standing on their hind limbs and may wag their tail or bark.

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