How To Get A Dog Responsibly

Anyone considering bringing a four-legged friend into their life should really be advised to rehome a rescue dog. There are thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes in rehoming centres waiting to meet their special someone. However, I know that sometimes, you just want a puppy, and a certain dog, so will go to a breeder.

Buying a puppy from a breeder can be hit and miss if you don't know what to look for, or what questions to ask. Here are a few tips when it comes to responsibly getting a dog.

Make sure you really want a dog
Owning a dog is not all fun and games. They not only can be expensive and messy, but can be energetic, strong-willed and noisy too. You need to really consider if you are ready for that long term commitment that comes with getting a dog. You might be crazy about dogs, but playing with them and looking after one is a whole different ballgame and some people find themselves getting over the 'fad' of having a new dog. Cute puppies grow up into adult dogs that can be destructive and demand a lot of time and energy from you, so make sure you're ready for it. 

Do your research
I seriously urge anyone thinking about getting a dog to do their research before welcoming a puppy into your life. Having a bouncy, happy, playful puppy is a very enjoyable experience and seriously rewarding, but it is a lot of hard work which can sometimes be forgotten. The first thing you should think about when you first decide you want a dog is which breed would best suit your lifestyle. Not all dogs are the same, so do some research to see which would fit best within your family. Think about the financial costs of dog ownership, as some dogs are more prone to serious conditions, than others. Think about who will care for your dog if you go to work or have holidays booked.

Be aware of online adverts
Not everyone can be trusted when it comes to getting a dog. There are thousands of unscrupulous breeders out there who make a good living pedalling a puppy farm via online adverts. Make sure that you visit your puppy a few times, and when you visit, you should expect the breeder to be as curious about you and the home you can provide, as you are about the puppy. Make sure you see the mother, and maybe father, dog and that they are seen spending time with your would be puppy. And if in doubt, don't buy because you will just be fuelling the trade.

Feed your puppy properly
A puppy needs a well-balanced nutritional diet, not just overfilling the bowl whenever it's empty. You will notice that there are specifically formulated dog food for puppies. The first year is the most critical and their teeth, muscles, bones, and even fur will be growing rapidly so opt for some Healthy Chews to keep them in healthy condition. 

Puppy proof your home
I guess this is almost the same as baby-proofing really. In the beginning, it might be a better idea to keep your dog in a specific area in your house where it cannot do too much damage or get hurt, but make sure you thoroughly check around your home for any hazards a puppy might come across. Get down to floor level and see exactly what a puppy might see, and what might spark their curiosity. 


  1. Great advice, most of which also applies to getting a kitten. Much smaller but just as much commitment and careful thought required.

  2. Great advice!As with any pet type, we must all do thorough research before considering welcoming one into our homes.

  3. I always get rescue dogs/cats x

  4. Too many fail to research first - thanks for your review

  5. I have only ever had rescue dogs, they are harder work but it is better to re-home a dog so they can get lots of love! I have 2 at the moment, both young, but the last time I went I asked for a collie and came away with an old Jack Russell and a very old English bull terrier as nobody wanted them!

  6. I'd definitely do some research I love dogs mostly but would want one that doesn't need very long walks a small dog would suit me

  7. I so much miss having a dog, but will make do with occasional cuddles with my parents' rescue husky. This brings back memories of buying Max when he was a pup. If I could manage another dog, I would get a rescue. Oh, there's a big doggy shaped empty space in my heart! Thanks for this.

  8. Should be required reading before getting a puppy!