What is involved in owning a dog?

Everyone knows that getting a dog requires a really big commitment, especially in terms of time and attention. Dogs are usually not independent, and require love and care as well as time spent training and exercising them regularly. This is often part of their appeal as a pet. However, there is a practical commitment in terms of money. Dogs can be expensive to keep, not just buy, and it is an ongoing expense and commitment to keep your dog happy and healthy. You will want your dog to live a long and happy life as part of your family and so when considering buying a dog, remember that they are likely to make a dent in your finances for many years to come!

If bringing home your puppy for the first time, you will need to make sure that you have a few essentials in such as food and water dishes along with a collar and a lead for your puppy’s first walk. These supplies will not last a life time and you will need to obviously upgrade your dog’s collar and lead as your dog grows and becomes stronger – likewise, you will need bigger bowls as your dog grows bigger and eats more food!

Hopefully you dog will remain relatively healthy but in the event of a serious illness or accident, you will need to consider vet’s fees in order to nurse your dog back to health. Even without such an incident, your dog will need essential injections and regular check-ups to maintain their health throughout their life.