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The new member of the family has 4 legs

Understanding if there are conditions to accommodate a puppy in the family is the first responsible step to fulfill. Especially for those families, and it happens often, that they never had a dog. It is often the insistence of children. Approaching the ten years the desire to have a puppy is strong and even the arguments become more convincing. Here's the step is done. On this site we have often written about the character, temperament, size and other particularities of Lagotto Romagnolo.

The Lagotto Romagnolo is the ideal dog as a companion dog for the Family and children.

Our task is also to look for families suitable for our puppies. Families who want to have a close relationship with their dog and be good masters. With the knowledge that a Lagotto lives about 15 years and that will depend on them every day. Adopting a dog does not disrupt the life of the family, but it will surely require time and energy. It will also have limits. How the exits and the holidays will be conditioned by his presence.

The advantages of having a dog in the family especially for children are huge.

The affection that these animals give us is inexplicable. Like the feeling of wellbeing when we receive our return. A walk with our 4 legged friend is a touch-sane for the mind.

Basically, a dog doesn't ask for much, but he needs it every day.

Are we ready to welcome a puppy?

The dog breed is important. For example guard dogs will have different needs from hunting dogs. It will change the education or the need for motorcycles. We must be able to manage and satisfy our dog's natural instincts. For those who choose the Lagotto Romagnolo the path that leads to understand if we are ready to adopt a puppy is very simplified. The Lagotto Romagnolo is a breed that has no contraindications. His requests to make us "good masters" are those of a pet dog who likes the couch, the house and go out for a bit of entertainment. When you decide to take a puppy, of any race or not breed is, we must bear in mind something that is too obvious:

All dogs do needs, they need to stay in psycho-physical health daily, and they live many years, and they get older! 

So what! Few questions that as a test can help us to understand if we are ready to welcome a dog in his own family.

Does the whole family agree to take a dog?

The dog will have to be an integral part of the family, and as such relate to everyone. It must never become an element of division and claims like: "You wanted it and now…." would be a catastrophe! The coexistence with the dog will inevitably be for everyone and for this reason everyone will have to be favorable to his arrival at home.

Over time will also be the most reluctant to have to occupy and relate to the family dog.

If there are already other animals in the house, the possibility of coexistence between them must also be carefully assessed. I am thinking about the most common situations of other dogs or cats.

Do I have enough space and time to keep a dog?

Knowing the breed of your puppy by being helped for example by the breeder is important to assess well. The space can be a limit for those who have an apartment in case piccolo. Especially if it puts its attention to breeds of dogs with large or extremely energetic dimensions. The Lagotto Romagnolo does not need spaces dedicated to him. He will identify himself as the most comfortable place to make his rest. Where to put the bowls will instead be our cure. Having a garden or a terrace makes managing a dog simpler. The space of per se however does not guarantee the happiness of our lagotto. Those who think that having a lot of space to make available to their dog will have to devote less time makes a mistake. Time is a fundamental element for those who decide to have a dog. It is also important that the whole family is in favour of the arrival of the new partner. In addition to making needs the dog needs to get away, play and have contacts with the outside. It is important for physical exercise and psychology. It serves to remain a balanced and pleasant dog for the family.

The time to devote to your dog will have to be of quality!

Our Lagotto can definitely spend a part of the day alone in the house or in the garden. He will be equally happy if we dedicate ourselves to him, to entertain him and to amuse him in whatever way he is. Equally it will not be enough to stay with us at home all day our Lagotto. Surely you won't feel lonely, but you will be bored if we don't find some time to take at least a walk.

What economic commitment will I incur?

Knowing the breed is important to assess the expenses well. The breeder can provide useful information. The initial cost of the puppy represents only one part, often the smallest of the expenses that we will have to support for our dog. This is why we are convinced that saving on the puppy's initial price makes little sense. Especially if we have to spend more on health or re-education of the puppy. For nothing else without the certainty of being able to remedy it. Veterinary expenses are an important cost. Taking care of the dog means making calls for annual vaccines. Consider unforeseen or illnesses that exactly as for men can affect our loyal friend. Old age will also require more attention and care. The food must be first quality for every dog. Nutrition is his health. The Lagotto Romagnolo for its tonnage is not a dog that eats large quantities. But the food though dry when first choice has a cost. Other expenses may relate to dog objects such as doghouse and bowls, games and carrier. Grooming and hygiene. Education courses.

On holiday with the dog?

Even the holidays are influenced by the presence of a dog in the family. They are small sacrifices that the dog knows how to reward. The holidays with the dog are possible. We will have to choose those places where dogs are accepted. If we are going for short periods we will have to know who we can ask to take care of our friend.

Is it time to welcome a puppy?

The arrival at a puppy's home is fantastic. A dog as a life partner is exciting. Sometimes I think the family without a dog is incomplete. Surely mine would be.

But we will have to recognize and understand if we are ready to welcome a puppy and if the breed chosen is really for us. If we do not have the time, space or opportunity to make some small sacrifice it is better to postpone the time to adopt a puppy.

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