Costs for a dog: what you need to know when starting a dog
Of course, a dog is a joy! But in addition to positive emotions, the dog requires our investments, both material and physical. Do not get the dog thoughtlessly – it can save her life! Approach the decision to acquire the dog responsibly so that it does not later appear on the street or in the shelter. Calculate your budget, estimate your free time. And my article on dog expenses will help you with this.
The cost of a dog that requires your time and effort
1. The mode of walking and feeding the first months of a puppy’s life.
From this diagram it can be seen that one should often be at home with the dog to provide her with such a regimen. Either hire a dog walker or a dog nanny.
2. The total number of hours a dog walks up to 1 year, ideally, 3 hours a day. After a year – 2 hours a day.
This is required to more quickly train the dog to “toilet matters” on the street, as well as to provide the necessary load so that the dog’s energy does not go “in the wrong direction”, for example, to destroy your home.
You can’t walk with a dog! This is contrary to this type of animal. Even if you live in a house and you have a yard. A dog walks not only to do his own thing. About what the lack of walking can lead to, read more HERE >>
3. The load is intellectual and physical.
This is a prerequisite for any dog to meet its vital needs, and to prevent destructive behavior at home (property damage, uncleanliness, vocalization). This requires the right walk, where most of the dog’s needs are met. And providing the dog with intellectual games, search, activities on positive reinforcement.
4. Obedience classes.
Such classes teach the dog specific commands, which gives you the opportunity to use them in appropriate situations for the control, management and safety of the dog. They are also aimed at establishing contact and understanding with the pet. And for the intellectual load that loads the dog faster than the physical.
Raising a dog, as well as raising a child, cannot be postponed, otherwise then you will have to deal with correction of behavior, which is at least twice as long and troublesome. It is necessary to start on time (as soon as the pet has appeared at your place) to teach the dog the rules of your house: what you can’t, what you can, set certain boundaries and boundaries.
6. Caring for the dog.
Some breeds need to comb out their hair, cut, trim, take out burdocks, smear from the sun.
Cash expenses for the dog
There is natural food, dry food, canned food. In all cases, it is important to provide the dog with all the necessary nutrients so that it does not have health problems, and you do not have to pay for its treatment due to improper feeding. Therefore, to feed the dog with anything and anyhow is not the best option.
The number of dogs with allergies, dogs of “fastidious”, etc. are also growing. All this requires cash. Sometimes it may be necessary to take additional tests and consult a veterinarian to draw up an individual nutrition program.
Unfortunately, no one is safe from anything .. This is a cost item that you should always consider when you get an animal.
Someone may not vaccinate the animal – this is his choice. But in most countries, this is a necessary condition, punishable by a fine.
Treatment for parasites, deworming.
Your business too. But for the safety of your pet and others should take care of this issue and timely processing.
Taxes and other similar expenses due to the country of residence.
This expense item depends on the country of residence. Find out in advance what rules and laws you have for keeping animals.
You can train your dog yourself, if you have a lot of experience, – from books, materials on the Internet. But even experienced pet owners often have situations that they cannot handle on their own. And also all dogs are individual, and if you managed to cope with past dogs independently or you were able to “close your eyes” to some inconvenience, this does not mean that this time will work out either. Therefore, be prepared for such expenses.
Overexposure, zoological hotel.
There are different situations in our life when we need to leave for a while. It is good when there are relatives or friends who will take care of your pet for this time. But this is not always and not at all possible. Then do not forget to take this expense item into account.
Walker, dog nanny.
Having a baby, an illness, a tight work schedule, repairs, moving a dog who has given birth, and having a sick dog can all become a reason why you yourself cannot handle the entire load that has landed on you.