September 28, 2018 By Keith Lee
Whether you’re looking for your first family pet or considering adding a new fluffy friend to your growing household, you might want a bit of extra reassurance when you’re shopping around for your new forever friend.
Experts in dog behaviour and dog training are often available to give advice on finding the best kind of pet for your household. Depending on where you’re looking for your pet – a pet shop, an adoption centre, or online through social media – you’re sure to welcome a bit of advice in choosing the right pet. Some dog training sites even offer their own pets for sale section or advertise local pet businesses and adoption centres that they have a partnership with.
There are many wonderful reasons that you should get a pet for your family. If you have kids, a pet can be an emotional lifeline for them, a companion and a playmate. There are also many physical health benefits that come with having a pet – particularly a dog that needs walking at least twice a day. Pets also help individuals with sleeping issues, as shown by a study from the 80s, where it was noted that families with pets made less visits to the doctor than those without pets; pet owners were also significantly less likely to suffer from sleep issues, possibly because having a mass of fluff lying next to you can help ground you and give you a feeling of safety.
Some dogs are specially trained to help individuals with medical issues and disabilities. When you’re searching for a particular dog like this, it’s always best to have some experts on your side to ensure that you’re choosing the right kind of specialised dog. Some dogs are trained to be guides to the blind, others are trained to pick up the onset of seizures, and some dogs are best for individuals who suffer from anxiety.
It’s completely understandable that you might need some advice or reassurance before choosing your new family pet. A dog might not be the right pet for you, or you may have other animals that you need to take into consideration before you bring a new member of the family into your home. There’s also adoption to consider, over buying your new friend outright. There are many dogs that are up for adoption in centres across the world, and you might not be entirely certain that your family could handle a dog that needs special care or treatment.
Not matter where you end up getting your pet from, it’s not just your family’s well-being that you need to think about, but the well-being of the animal, too. If you’re not ready to take on the responsibilities of being a pet owner, it might be worth taking some time to gear yourself up, ready to take on all of the trials and joys that come with buying or adopting your new, furry friend into your family.