Welcome to the final segment of my 5-part series. In this final instalment, I will discuss the importance of final planning before getting a dog. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the previous posts to get a comprehensive understanding of what to consider before bringing a furry friend into your home. You can find the full series in “5 things to know before getting a dog“.
While it may not be the most pleasant topic to consider, planning for your dog’s future care is an essential responsibility of being a dog owner. By identifying a caretaker and preparing your dog for the transition, you can ensure that they are taken care of even when you’re not around. So, let’s dive in and explore what you need to know about final planning before getting a dog.
There are upstart costs that you need to plan for. So you need to budget for initial expenses before getting a dog. Some of which includes the following:
The price of the dog or puppy itself
You need to budget for the cost of getting a dog. This is important whether you adopt him from a shelter or buy a puppy from a reputable breeder. That price tag varies widely depending on the demand and supply of dogs in general and popularity of specific breeds. And it also depends on geographically where you live. Because the cost of anything is priced relative to the cost of living regionally everywhere and according to demand.
But you can assume that in any major city in North America, you will need to pay an amount ranging from $300 (CDN) at a local shelter to possibly over $5000 (CDN) to purchase a puppy from a breeder. This includes backyard breeders. So you can understand why it’s so important to include this cost in your budget for expected expenses before getting your dog.
And keep in mind that when it comes to buying a puppy from any breeder, price is not an indicator of the breeding quality. A high price can most certainly be justified by a high quality breeder. But puppy mill brokers and backyard breeders can have a high price tag simply to exploit a high demand market. So be sure to take your time and follow the guidance I provided in my prior blogs on finding high quality dog rescue agencies and dog breeders to help you navigate through this research.
In this post, you will learn how the dog rescue industry operates, how to recognize fraudulent pet rescue organizations, and how to locate good quality agencies to find the right dog for you!
So you have decided to rescue a dog from a shelter? That’s pretty exciting to know that you will be adopting a dog in need of a forever home!
In the initial blog of this series, I discussed how to recognize puppy mills and backyard breeders. And I provided some tips on how to search for a reputable breeder if you were planning on buying a puppy. So now in the second post of this three-part series, I will provide you with some guidelines on how to avoid unethical and mismanaged dog rescue agencies. Plus I will provide you tips on how to find a high-quality dog rescue organization.
And it’s important to understand that when planning to rescue a dog, you need to be patient and dedicate some time to find the right dog from a good quality agency. Be prepared for some disappointment along the way. But if you keep at it, you will increase the odds of finding the right dog for you!
So you have decided that you want to bring a dog into your life! Maybe you currently have a dog and are planning to add a puppy into your home. That can be a wonderful thing! But it’s a complicated world these days! Continue reading this blog to help you recognize and avoid puppy mills, backyard breeders and illegal individual criminals selling puppies.
The demand for companion dogs in North America has exploded in the last 10 years. And even more so during these isolating times of Coronavirus. This heightened desire for companion dogs has consequently driven up the volume of puppy mills, backyard breeders and criminal dog trade activity.