Are you Ready to Get a Dog?

by - May 15, 2019

Getting a dog can be a huge step for you and the family. You have to think about the added responsibility, cost and even the time it takes to train them, but if you are willing to put in the work then you will soon find that they can be a loving companion for years to come.

Time

Bringing a new dog home can be a huge commitment. You have to teach them the rules of your home, and you also have to show them which toys are theirs. If you don’t then they may end up sleeping on the sofa and chewing up your expensive dress shoes. If you don’t have the time to invest in your new furry friend then this can lead to disasters later down the line, and you may even find that things are much harder work than they need to be.

Lifestyle

Another thing that you need to think about is whether or not the dog fits in with the lifestyle that you have. If you are a retired senior, then you may be looking for a laid-back companion who really doesn’t need a ton of exercise. If you are an athlete on the other hand and you want something that can keep up with you, then a pug is certainly not the right choice. Before you get your dog, make sure that you think about your age, your exercise routine and even how a dog is going to fit in with the lifestyle that you have. Adopting from a rescue shelter is always an option, and in some instances you may even want to get an older dog.


Financially Ready

It’s so important that you make sure that you are financially ready to get a dog. You need to take into account the fact that neutering, vaccinations and even preventative care can all cost you a ton of money, and if you are not ready to handle this then it can quickly become overwhelming. Other expenses that you need to think about include vet care, food, toys and even leads.

The Next Ten Years

When you are thinking about whether or not to get a dog, you don’t just need to think about the next year or two. You need to think about the next decade or more. If you are scared of commitment, then a dog is most certainly not for you because some dogs can live up to 16 years. For this reason, you need to think about whether or not you can commit to this long, and you also need to think about your circumstances changing. For example, if you split up with your boyfriend or if you need to move house, would you still be happy to look after your furry friend?


Everyone’s On Board

Talk with your family and everyone who you live with about caring for the dog. You also need to make sure that any training responsibilities are shared too. Remember that kids can always help out with filling up the water bowl and even giving them treats, but you may not be able to count on them to walk the dog right away. New puppies tend to be excitable and sometimes they can pull on the lead, which can be enough to topple a young child over. Keeping this in mind, the majority of the work probably will be done by you but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t chat with everyone to make sure that they are comfortable with your decision. Setting house rules is also important before you bring the dog home. If you don’t want your furry friend to beg while you are sat at the table then make sure that you don’t feed them scraps, and tell everyone else the same. It’s even worth looking into pet technology companies to see if they can help with your decision too.

Allowing Dogs

You have to make sure that the place you live in right now, allows dogs. A lot of apartments and condos have certain restrictions on the size of dogs that they will allow. Sometimes this is done by weight, but some of them don’t allow any kind of pet at all. Another thing that you need to think about is breed bans. Some countries or cities won’t allow you to have dogs that have certain characteristics, as they are unpredictable breeds. Doing your research here is crucial because you don’t want to bring your pooch home, only to find that you are not allowed to keep them.

Care

When choosing your breed of dog, you have to make sure that you have everything you need to care for them. You need to make sure that you know the potential hazards in the home and you also need to know their nutrition needs too. Some breeds require more support when compared to others and some of them are even prone to health conditions which may need special attention. If you do not do your research beforehand then this will make it much more difficult for you to look after the dog to the standard that they deserve. Of course, as mentioned above, care can sometimes be expensive, and this is especially the case if your dog has issues that are not entirely apparent. For example, if they have a food intolerance or if they are nervous/anxious. It’s impossible to find out these traits before you bring the dog home unless you are buying an older dog.

So, getting a dog is a huge decision to say the least, but by taking the above into account and by doing your research, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make the best possible decision. If you aren’t sure or if you need to know anything else, then remember that there is absolutely no harm in talking to the local vet about your dilemma to see if there are any insurance plans available. This will bring down the overall cost of looking after your pet in the long-run.
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