Select A Pet
Owning a dog is a big responsibility!
The following questions need to be carefully considered and honestly answered before making the decision to become a dog owner
Have I the time to care properly for a dog?
Your dog will need daily exercise and training as well as grooming, feeding and quality time with you.
Can I afford to feed a dog?
Your dog’s diet must contain all the nutrients required, be it a growing puppy or an adult dog.
Can I afford the registration costs?
Annual dog registration fees with your local council, while not expensive compared with the cost of proper care, should still be taken into consideration.
Can I afford the veterinary costs?
Your dog should have annual vaccinations, regular worm treatments and any other health care treatments, all of which take time and money.
Is my property suitable for keeping a dog?
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.
Selecting the right dog
How do I choose the right dog?
Ensure that the dog you choose is a good fit with you, your family, and your lifestyle.
To help you choose the right dog for your lifestyle, take a few moments to complete 'Select A Pet'.
What breeds are available?
There are approximately 170 breeds of dog available in South Australia. If you are thinking of purchasing a dog, 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 the South Australian Canine Association, your local dog club, veterinarian or animal shelter.
Can I adopt a dog?
There are sometimes 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.
When adopting a dog from a shelter, it is important to consider all the issues above and not to adopt a dog simply because it looks cute. Listen to the shelter staff and heed their advice. Remember dog ownership is a long-term commitment.
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- Teach your dog to sit before you allow visitors to stroke it. Allowing it to jump up on people may frighten or annoy them, and children may feel very intimidated by the dog’s behaviour.
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"Nikki collects our mail and brings it to our feet and picks up her toys at the end of the day" Amanda