RSPCA | Stop and think before you adopt a dog for Christmas

THOUGHTFUL GIFT: With Christmas coming up, your family might be thinking about a very special present. But is a dog the right pet for you?
THOUGHTFUL GIFT: With Christmas coming up, your family might be thinking about a very special present. But is a dog the right pet for you?

Adopting a new dog is an exciting decision. But how do you know you're ready to take that step and welcome a dog into your life?

And how can you make sure you're making a responsible decision, not just one you want to make, but one you're ready to make? There are plenty of questions you need to ask yourself before you take the plunge and adopt a dog.

Do you have the time required to train a dog, and settle them into your home, as well as the ongoing time needed each day for their walks and playtime?

Do you have the right kind of home? Where will your dog sleep?

And do you have the funds to be a responsible pet owner, including paying for food, vet check-ups and care, toys, puppy school, and pet insurance?

The RSPCA Knowledgebase has lots of helpful articles on caring for a new dog, which can assist you in preparing.

With the right preparation and foresight, you'll be ready to begin a lifelong lifelong partnership with your new best friend.

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