Getting a family dog: The dos and don’ts

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Getting a family dog is easy; just take note of these dog selection dos and don’ts.

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There are many factors to consider before getting a family dog.

Are you finally giving in to your children’s requests by getting a family dog? Bringing a new furry family member into the house might seem like a lot of fun but it is also a huge commitment. Make sure you consider these do’s and don’t’s to ensure your family’s safety and cooperation when your new dog arrives.


1. Do pick a dog that suits your family – Depending on your family’s lifestyle, stick to a dog that’ll keep up with you. Avoid high-maintenance lapdogs if your family doesn’t have time to take it to the groomers. Don’t pick out a large, active dog like a Labrador or retriever if you lead a sedentary lifestyle and prefer to stay indoors.
2. Do choose a right time to adopt – When getting a family dog, ensure the right timing. Remember that a dog requires a lot of attention, dedication and time from you. If you’ll be moving in a few months, currently working long hours, one of your family members is sick, or going to have a baby, you might want to hold off the adoption.

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Getting an older dog might be good if your child is very young.Do consider your children – Getting a family dog requires consideration for your children’s age. Acquiring a playful, huge dog is perfect for bigger kids as they can be quite frightening for smaller children.


3. Do opt for an older dog – When getting a family dog, don’t discount older dogs. Adopting an older dog has its advantage because it is usually past the excitable and sometimes destructive stage and some may even already be toilet – trained. Older dogs are also less fragile and require less attention than a puppy. Unless you’re very experienced with dogs, be wary of abused dogs as they may have unstable temperaments and could pose a danger for young children.

4. Do practice patience – Getting a family dog can be quite trying for someone who has never owned a pet. A dog could destroy furniture, pee and poo anywhere, jump or nip at you. Just like a child, your canine friend needs love and understanding. Don’t give up on your errant dog too quickly; send him to training school and consult a veterinarian for advice.

5. Do check the rules – If you live in a HDB, do check if your dog is an acceptable breed. You can refer to the pictures below for acceptable breeds. Also remember to license your dog with AVA and do take note that only 1 dog is allowed per HDB apartment.

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Find out about the Don’t’s on the next page.

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