Thinking about buying a dog? Critter Haven provides excellent information on getting a dog. This information is provided free, sponsored by Critter Haven, Inc., to help all who want a companion animal in their life, to do their homework, to research the breed they are looking for, and by all means to educate the public on the reasons they should not buy a puppy from a pet store.
Dogs make life easier for seniors
Dogs enhance emotional and psychological well-being, according to various studies. Their companionship has been associated with decreases in depression, fatigue, loneliness, stress and social isolation – common conditions to which older adults are particularly vulnerable.
Owning a dog can bring years of happiness as the special bond between humans and canines exceeds even the greatest of expectations. However, to ensure the best relationship with your dog, you must be prepared for some important responsibilities. Keep the following questions in mind as we go along.
How Much Does a Puppy Cost?
Now is not the time to hunt for a bargain. Your new puppy will be a member of your family for his lifetime, so you’ll want to make a wise investment.
The purchase price of your puppy is not the only cost you have to consider. Be aware that the puppy you bring home will need proper care in these areas: food and health care (a dog needs annual shots, for example). Your puppy will also need little things like a collar with identification, a bowl, and a leash. Evaluate your budget; ask yourself if you really can afford a dog.
The ASPCA provides these estimated costs:
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If you don’t already have a furry friend with which to share your life, take a trip to your local animal shelter and adopt a dog or cat that has already been trained. In most cases there is only a $100 donation.
Animal shelters carefully screen the animals they put up for adoption for temperament as well as health. Adopted dogs and cats will have already received their necessary shots and inoculations.
In most cases it is better to stay away from pet stores. Those loveable dogs and cats in the window often have come from puppy farms and breeding dens and have problems you really don’t want to get into. Of course you can also go to a breeder or check the classifieds.