Getting a Pooch?
IMPORTANT: Please understand that owning a dog is a responsibility and commitment for the dog’s entire life, and a decision that should not be taken lightly. Deciding against keeping the puppy once bought will cause trauma not only to the puppy but to you and your family, as well as to me, the rescuers, shelter, foster and the also family who may eventually adopt the puppy.
Please fill this form when you have good time and not in a hurry. Do think carefully before you answer. Please answer as truthfully as you can & choose the closest option to your answer.
Multiple adult people from the household filling the form separately is advisable.
What are the main reasons that you are choosing to get a dog?
Companionship at home
A friend for the kids
To guard my house and family
An active mate to join me in my outdoor activities
What is your experience in owning a dog?
I have had dogs in the recent past or currently have dogs
I had a dog as a child
This will be my first dog
How busy is your household?
My home is very quiet with not much happening.
My home is fairly quiet, but we do have visitors sometimes and/ or few servants come & go
My home is fairly busy and we have guests often and/or many servants come & go
My home is busy and noisy with lots going on most of the time
Do you currently have kids under the age of 7? Are you planning to have children in the next couple of years?
Yes, we have young kids (under the age of 7) or are planning on starting a family in the next couple of years
We do have kids at home but they are older and we are not planning on having a baby any time soon
We sometimes have young kids visiting but we aren't planning on having our own any time soon
We won't be having kids and rarely have young kids visiting
Who will be the main carer of the dog?
We want the kids to look after it. The kids are aged 10+
An adult in the household (below 60 years of age)
An adult between 60 and 80 years old who is physically fit and healthy
An elderly or handicapped person who can't get out much
Where do you envisage your dog spending most of its time including sleeping?
Our dog will live inside and/or outside, but sleep outside
Our dog will live mainly outside but sleep inside
Our dog will live and sleep inside on its own bed
Realistically? Our dog will live inside and will sleep in our bed
What size dog would you like?
Large to Giant (27Kg +)
Medium (11kg - 27kg)
Small (under 11kg)
How much time can you spend exercising your dog (including walking, running & playing)?
More than 60 minutes per day
Around 60 minutes per day
Around 40 minutes per day
Around 20 minutes per day
I'm unable to take my dog out for exercise or play every single day
How often will there be someone at home with the dog?
I am out and about a lot. My dog should be happy to spend the day by itself.
My dog will need to be happy to be by itself for 4-5 hours
I may be out for long periods but will engage external carers (dog sitter, dog walker)
There will be someone at home most of the time
Are there any other pets in the house?
No other pets
A cat or cats
Other small animals
Planning to buy any of the above soon (apart from which you are filling this form for)
What type of coat would you like your dog to have?
Short or hairless
Curly, wired or coarse
How trainable would you like your dog to be?
Very trainable. I plan to teach him all the basic commands, plus a lot of fun tricks
Fairly trainable. He needs to know all the basic commands
Not very trainable. I have a laid-back approach to rules and commands
How much time will you be able to invest in training your dog?
I will train my dog every day for as long as I can
I will take my dog to dog training once a week
I will take my dog to puppy school but not much more
I don't really care about training my dog
How protective do you want your new dog to be?
Extremely protective. I'm looking for a round-the-clock watchdog
Somewhat protective. I'm looking for a protector, but not a guard dog
Little to no protection needed here
How much maintenance and grooming are you able to provide for your dog?
I am able to groom my dog 5 - 7 times a week as well as frequent the groomer
I am able to groom my dog 3 - 5 times a week with the occasional visit to a groomer
I want a dog that's as low maintenance as possible
How would you describe your ideal dog and his/her relationship with you?
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