Anyone who owns a dog will tell you what a wonderful thing it is. Who can resist the charm of a puppy or the sense of achievement when a training session has been successful and the dog is finally sitting or wagging its tail when you come in through the door.
However, you need to remember that dogs typically live for 10-15 years, so it’s a long-term commitment. So consider factors such as time, costs, the size of your home and any allergies within the family in your preliminary considerations. But also the size of the dog, its temperament, how much exercise it needs, the life expectancy and common diseases of the breed should be considered before you buy a dog.
So you decide …
Here are our top 5 things to consider before deciding which dog is right for you.
- You have a dog allergy – Sometimes, if you have a mild pet allergy, you can manage living with a dog. But if you or someone you live with is very allergic to dogs, keeping a dog is probably not the best idea. Unless, of course, you don’t particularly like your allergic roommate, in which case a dog is the perfect way to get rid of him or her.
- Finances are scarce – dogs love to eat and occasionally they have to visit the vet. In doing so, they tend to find jobs that are not as well paid. So if you are on a tight budget with limited income, consider carefully whether you can bear the costs of owning a dog. You’ll find more about it here.
- Your house apartment should be perfect – With a dog you always bring loose hair, dirt and smells into your house. The reality is that you will be spending more time cleaning and if you are particularly proud of a flawless home then a dog is probably not for you.
- You are a workaholic … and your real home is the office, train or plane. In this case, you need to have someone who can feed the dog and take care of your dog. Having a job doesn’t mean you can’t keep a dog, but its needs still need to be met. Read more about possible daily routines here.
- You love puppies, but not so fully grown dogs. Most dogs grow out of puppy age when they are about 12 weeks old. That means your dog will be a full-grown dog about 10 times longer than a puppy.
Should I have a dog if I work full time?
Dogs are pack animals by nature and if you only have one dog, you should not underestimate how much attention your pet needs. They are social animals that love nothing more than to be by your side at all times of the day. If you work from morning to evening, the morning hours, evenings and weekends remain for playing, going for a walk and exercising. Enough time for exciting adventures or maybe even a trip to the lake.
Meet your dog’s basic needs
Dogs have basic needs such as feeding, grooming and training. You need to make sure that your dog can go outside regularly. So leaving him alone for 8 hours is not a good idea. However, this does not mean that you cannot have a dog if you are in a full-time job. All you have to do is make sure that basic requirements are met and that your dog remains physically and mentally fit.
In summary, as long as you’re not a workaholic, don’t have multiple jobs, or spend most of your time out of the country, you’re sure to find a way to take care of a dog.
Here are some tips on how to keep your dog healthy and alert when you’re not at home:
1 – Take the dog to work
If you are one of the lucky people who work for a dog-friendly company, there are many advantages to taking your dog to work. Your dog will not only feel particularly loved, but studies have also shown that this can increase productivity and mood in the office. A dog is also a wonderful excuse for taking a short break and leaving the desk.
A “Do’s” and “Dont’s” for dogs in the workplace:
- First of all, you should make sure that none of your work colleagues are allergic to dogs. You really won’t be thanked if someone sneezes all day, no matter how cute or lovable your dog may be.
- Your dog should be house-trained and well socialized before thinking about taking him to work. After all, you want to avoid embarrassing mishaps.
- Make sure that all vaccinations are up to date.
- Create a small, special corner especially for your dog in the office. This gives the feeling of a safe retreat and can help keep your dog calm and balanced. If you use a dog crate at home, you should buy a second dog crate for the office. If you have not yet used your dog to a dog crate, this is a good opportunity to start. On this page you will find numerous tips on how to get used to it.
- Most companies want a dog to be supervised at all times and usually do not allow the dog to walk freely through the office. For this reason, the dog should have enough space before the start of the working day.
- Bring toys that keep the dog busy throughout the day so that he doesn’t get bored.
- There must always be enough water available.
2 – Take a walk with the dog before starting work
Both you and your pet can start your day perfectly by starting with some fresh air and exercise. It doesn’t have to be a marathon. A short, powerful walk, letting your dog run for the ball a few times, will have two effects:
- The dog will want to sleep or rest as soon as you have made your way to work. This will prevent boredom. Physical exercise also ensures that it is emotionally balanced, which reduces depression, stress and anxiety.
- A strong bond develops between you and your dog. He will stay happy and stimulated. Your dog will want to please you and will take care of your attention. So bring as much training, education and play as possible into the morning run. .
3 – Stop by at home during lunch break
If your place of work is close to your home, it is a good idea to look over the lunch break for the dog. Take him outside so he can do his business, play with him, and give him as much exercise as possible. The more he is rushed, the less he will feel the need to move after you leave for work.
4 – Invest in a dog walker
With a dog walker, you can attest to the love for your dog. The dog has the opportunity to run a lot and get to know new dog friends at the same time.
The disadvantage, however, is that professional dog walkers can be quite expensive. So if you have a friend or family member who has a dog yourself, it is worth asking if they can walk your dog with you throughout the day.
5 – Toys for employment
Dogs love toys – especially those that are about solving a problem. Nothing is better than finding a treat hidden in your favorite toy. A dog that is busy will do damage to the house or apartment far less often than a dog that is bored. especially ones that involve problems solving. Finding treats hidden in toys will keep your dog’s mind active. Boredom triggers constructive behavior as often as fear of separation. For this reason, you should always provide your dog with some toys.
Toys such as Kongs keep your dog busy for many hours. It is a soft, rubbery toy that can be filled with goodies. It supports the dogs natural play and hunting instinct. Nevertheless, you should not rely on toys too much and for too long. The dog can quickly look for something new to chew on (like your new slippers). Omlet has a range of interactive toys that help keep your dog occupied while you are away from home. Here you will find our range of dogs.
6 – A dog that fits your lifestyle
This is probably the most important thing to consider before you buy a dog. There are so many different races and each one has its own peculiarities and traits. Make sure you find a dog that fits your lifestyle. For example, if you are at work all day, don’t get a dog that needs extra care and attention, such as an Australian Shepherd, a Border Collie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Cocker Spaniel, a German Shorthaired Pointer, a Jack Russell Terrier or a Poodle.
Breeds that better cope with being left alone are the Basset Hound, the Chihuahua, the French Bulldog, the Greyhound, the Maltese, the Shar-Pei, the Sussex Spaniel and the Whippet. But keep in mind that all these dogs still need a lot of exercise and time with their families.
Should I get a dog before or after a baby?
Having a dog in front of a baby can be a great way to become a parent. At the end of the day, both of you will try – and possibly make it – to get into your bed at night, both have to be trained to be house trained and both will bring you a lot of admiring glances in the park. On the other hand, your children can learn a lot of very valuable things from a puppy. You just have to be careful not to mix up the food for both.
Seriously, it is a decision that should be considered very carefully. It is important to remember that a dog is a permanent obligation and that from the moment you need to take care of a baby, you may not have enough time to care for the dog. A dog that has had your undivided attention throughout its life could become jealous of your newborn if pushed to second place. At the same time, having a puppy after your child can bring some risks. You need to make sure that you are aware of these risks and how to avoid them – supervision is the key here.
How to teach your dog to behave properly with your baby or child
Dogs and children can build strong and loving relationships. They become intimate friends and also protectors. Dogs are also known to react differently when accompanied by children and can exhibit a range of unpredictable behavior. Your dog will probably not behave correctly towards a child all by itself and you will have to raise your dog. He has to learn to accept sticky hands that reach for him or child cries. Of course, the upbringing of the dog goes hand in hand with the important instructions of your children on how to behave properly near your dog.
To avoid dangerous behavior by your dog towards your baby or toddler, start by bringing your dog used baby clothes before introducing your child. Keep your child’s scent away from your dog’s nose. Allow your dog to sniff clothes in the air without getting close to them. By doing this, you will educate him to respect the new smell. This also helps him learn to respect your baby when you are with them. Of course, you should never leave your baby alone with your dog, even if you are convinced that you can absolutely trust your dog.
Things that can go wrong
- Children can find it funny to tease a dog. If they repeatedly provoke the dog, it may snap at your child or even bite it. Therefore, stop this behavior as soon as you notice it.
- Children who are afraid of dogs can suddenly run away from their dog or scream. It is a good idea to teach your child to stay calm around the dog, otherwise your child’s behavior could provoke aggression or playful aggression from your dog.
- Dogs can sometimes be very protective of their toys, food, or chew bones. Educate your dog so that it doesn’t show aggression when someone approaches, but at the same time teach your kids that something like this can happen anyway.
- Children can sometimes get a little too cocky when playing with dogs and pull them by their fur, ears or tail. If this happens, there is always a chance that your dog will bite in defense. Make it clear to your child that this behavior cannot be accepted so that your dog is not provoked.
Some dog breeds are known to be particularly good at dealing with children. For example, dogs with a calmer temperament, like the Labrador, are the perfect choice for a family with young children. This breed in particular has a particularly tolerant and loving nature that fits perfectly with children. The section on dogs and children will help you find the right breed for you. You can also search our dog directory to learn more about the typical characteristics of each dog breed. However, you should not forget that each dog also has an individual personality.
Get a dog when the kids start school
Dogs love waiting at the school gate for their beloved little friend to come out and play with them. Taking care of a dog can teach your children responsibility and respect. It can also help develop their social skills and encourage them to get fresh air and exercise. You can learn more about what children should be taught near dogs here.
Always keep an eye on your dog
In summary, aggressive behavior can be best avoided by always keeping an eye on your dog and child. Problems that may arise later should also be recognized early. By monitoring dog-child interactions, you can intervene before things get out of hand.
Should you get a second dog?
Dogs love nothing more than attention and affection – whether from you (its owner) or from your beloved dog friends. A dog will be absolutely happy even if only you and your family give it affection, which means that another dog is not essential. However, if you feel you would like another dog to give your first dog a little more companion, read on and find out how to choose a suitable new dog.
Dogs with a similar energy level
Getting a new dog can be a great way to give your dog companion and a new playmate. In addition, the energy level of a somewhat comfortable dog can be increased significantly. However, if the new dog is considerably older or younger than your current dog, you can have different play styles and energy capacities. This can lead to the older dog being irritated or being pushed around the other. You would have to take extra time to exhaust your younger dog so that it behaves with the older dog. If you do that, the older dog will accept your younger one more and more and could even take on a parental role.
Fear of loss – is it wise to buy another dog?
There is fear of loss if a dog is stressed by leaving it alone for too long. It is often believed that another dog will immediately resolve any first dog anxiety issues. But unfortunately that’s not always the case. When you get a second dog, you should consider a number of different factors, including gender, temperament, need for exercise and size. Take the time to think about these criteria when buying a new dog, otherwise they may not get along well. Your veterinarian will be able to give you suggestions on different breeds that are most likely to suit your dog.