Your dog will need daily exercise and training as well as grooming, feeding and quality time with you.
Your dog’s diet must contain all the nutrients required, be it a growing puppy or an adult dog.
Annual dog registration fees with your local council, while not expensive compared with the cost of proper care, should still be taken into consideration.
Your dog should have annual vaccinations, regular worm treatments and any other health care treatments, all of which take time and money.
Properties containing dogs should be fully fenced, preferably with high fences that are strong and fitted with lockable gates. Your dog must have clean bedding and access to proper shelter from the heat and the cold.
Ensure that the dog you choose is a good fit with you, your family, and your lifestyle.
What breeds are available?
There are approximately 170 breeds of dog available in South Australia. If you are thinking of purchasing a specific breed of dog, it can be useful to visit a dog show or an obedience-training club to see different breeds in action. Speak to owners and breeders who know and understand the requirements of various breeds.
For advice and assistance in the choice of a suitable dog, contact DogsSA, your local dog club, veterinarian or animal shelter.
There are many dogs available from the various animal shelters throughout the state, which need loving homes. These organisations will be only too happy for you to ’adopt‘ your new pet at a very reasonable cost, dogs are usually already desexed and microchipped.
When adopting a dog from a shelter, it is important to consider all the issues above. Listen to the shelter staff and heed their advice. Remember dog ownership is a long-term commitment.