Sunday, 29 July 2018

5 Things To Ask About Before Getting A Dog

1.  The parents Health OR The Dog's past health

The health of the parents or the past health records is very important when getting a new dog.  You need to know what health problems may come up or it may help you make the decision whether or not to choose the dog.

If you are buying a puppy remember to only buy from a registered breeder that has their dogs health checked for everything before they breed them.

2.  The parent's Temperament OR The dog's temperament and background

Another very important thing to ask is about the parents or dog's temperament.  This is the same with buying a puppy as it would be for adopting a dog.  You need to know the personality of the dog you are getting so you can develop a plan for socialising and training.

3. Health Routine

The next thing to ask is about the dog's health care routine.  You should ask which vaccines the dog has and when they are due for boosters.  It's also a good idea to get the worming routine so you can either continue it or change it with your vets help.

The last thing I ask about is flea treatments.  If you have other animals in your house you do not want the new dog to spread fleas throughout your home.  So find out when the last flea treatment was and be ready to treat the dog before getting him home if it has been a while.

4.  Any contracts

Some registered breeders and adoption places will write up a contract for the new owner to agree to and sign.  It is best to read the contract the first time you go to see the new dog to make sure you are in agreement with the contract.

5.  What food they are eating

Slowly changing a dog's diet is best for the dog's health so I would definitely ask which type of dog food they have been feeding the dog so you can keep it the same or change it over time.   


I am not any type of animal expert but instead only an animal lover who wants to share her tips.  Please consult relevant animal specialists and do not only take my advice.

The Rider's Pets


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