It is well documented that dogs can be great for your mental and physical health! They give you a reason to get moving, add more purpose to your day and, of course, give you unconditional love.

However, they can be challenging too. They can display behaviour you may not want; they may chew things, toilet in the house, knock things over, bark a lot or dig up the garden. They can also be very costly with their vet bills, food costs and grooming needs, which can put a strain on finances. Such challenges can cause stress and affect your wellbeing, as well as the welfare of the dogs.

Matching a dog's needs to your lifestyle is crucial to ensure that both you and the dog can lead a happy and fulfilling life together. Dogs have different personalities, activity levels, and grooming needs, and it's essential to choose a dog that suits your lifestyle and can thrive in your home environment.

For help with the factors you should consider when looking to add a dog to your family, download our free Paws and Consider Booklet