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Mummy Can We Pleeeeeease Get A Dog? (Considerations Before You Say Yes)

It’s a request that most mum, dads, and caregivers have heard at some point. Yes, it’s when the kids realise that dogs aren’t just pets that other people have, but that they could get one in there very own home too. Of course, it’s a tough question to answer from the parents’ side of things, because it’s not only about giving your child a cute new canine best friend. Luckily, I have outlined some of the primary considerations that you need to think about before you decide. Read on to find out more.

 

Are the kids old enough?

Many families have a dog when the kids are young and experience no problems at all. However, some younger children can find it hard to understand that the family pup is a living, breathing animal and not just a super smart stuffed toy. Sadly, this can lead them to chase your pooch around, pull at its coat, and generally make the poor dog’s life pretty tough, something you can read more about at sites like https://www.cuteness.com.

Of course, the problem only gets worse if you have a dog that has been rescued from a dangerous situation, or has a bad temper because then they can retaliate when annoyed and bite the child. Something that no dog owner will want to go through. Therefore it is vital that you ask whether your kids are old enough to understand exactly how to treat a dog well before you agree to have one in the house.

 

Have you got the time, money, information, and energy for a pup?

Next, before you consent to your child’s request to get a puppy, you need to ask yourself whether you are set up to offer them a healthy and happy home. To do this you need to consider whether you have the money to pay for their upkeep, and the time and energy to walk them at least twice a day.

 

 

Also, you need to ask yourself whether you know enough about dogs, and the particular breed you will be bringing into the home.  Although, if you are struggling here, you can get some detailed information from sites like DogsByNina.com that specialise in canine care. After all, the more info you have, the better your dog’s life will be, and that is something that should be a top priority if you are going to make a pup a successful part of the family.

 

Are you willing to groom the dog regularly?

Lastly, don’t forget that caring for your hound isn’t just about feeding and walking them, in fact, you have to groom them on a regular basis as well.

 

 

In particular, remember to pay attention to the smaller issues that can cause your dog to be uncomfortable such as eye crust that needs gently cleaning away, and excessive hair growth in the ears that need to be trimmed.

Although, if you don’t want to deal with these sorts of tasks yourself you can always employ the help of professional dog groomer to assist you. Something that it is worth considering if this is the only thing standing in the way of you agreeing to get a dog!

 

 

*This is a collaborative post. For further information please refer to my disclosure page.

 

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Here’s How You Make Your Dog’s Coat Super Healthy and Shiny

When you have a dog, it’s nice to try and make sure that their coat is nice and shiny. After all, a shiny coat is the sign of a healthy dog and it is very easy for you to try and get that glossy coat that you see in advertisements. All you have to do is make a few simple changes while also monitoring the type of food that your dog is eating. Continue reading “Here’s How You Make Your Dog’s Coat Super Healthy and Shiny”

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This Is How To Nail Puppy Motherhood

When you’re thinking about getting a dog, it’s always going to be important for you to adjust to the lifestyle change as much as possible. Because that’s the thing about being getting a dog, your life changes. It has to. You have to make sure that you’re more accommodating, and that you’re okay with the changes that you will have to make. But it’s not all scary. In fact, your life doesn’t overly have to change. You can actually adapt the way that you live now to make sure that you’re really putting your dog’s best interests first. So if you want to work out just how you’re going to do that, let’s walk through five approaches that are going to help you here. Continue reading “This Is How To Nail Puppy Motherhood”

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Go Fetch: Helpful Solutions To Common Dog Problems

A dog is a great companion and loyal friend, but as any canine owner will tell you, there are challenges and problems that come with having a pooch in the home, no matter how adorable they are. Here are some common issues dog owners face, and some helpful tips to resolve them.


Your dog’s bark is worse than his bite

That’s not true of course; it’s only a saying. However, hearing your dog bark constantly can be a nuisance for you and your neighbours. Short of soundproofing your walls and investing in a pair of noise-reducing headphones, what can you do about it?

Tip: Figure out why they are barking. Once you understand why you can do something about it. They may be begging for your attention or could be distracted by other animals outside, as possible examples. You should try and focus your dog’s attention on something else, or use these training tips to teach your dog to be quiet. Continue reading “Go Fetch: Helpful Solutions To Common Dog Problems”

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15 Years With My Loyal Friend

I mostly write about being a parent but every now and then I like to include other aspects of my life too and before becoming a Mum my first ‘baby’ in my life was Molly, my border terrier. Today marks a special occasion as it is 15 years since I first clapped eyes on an energetic 7-month-old who needed a new home. It didn’t take much to win me over. She bounded into the house from her awful concrete run in the garden and leapt on me, licking me like crazy. She was so full of beans and personality that I just knew right then that she was the right dog for me. Continue reading “15 Years With My Loyal Friend”