Monday, January 25, 2016

10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

10 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

While owning a dog sounds like tons of fun, there's actually a lot more to it. Aside from time, you also need to invest money, effort as well as patience. If you're not prepared enough to meet the demands of dog ownership, there's a good chance you'll regret ever bringing the idea up in the first place. 

To make sure you don't reach that point, here are a few things to keep in mind before you actually bring that playful ball of fur home.

am i prepared for a dog
1. Am I prepared for this?

Taking care of a dog is a lifetime commitment. Some breeds can live for as long as 15 years. That means 15 years of feeding, grooming, walking and running around with your dog. If these things don't mean fun to you, then it's best to cross out the idea.

can i afford to have a dog
2. Can I afford it?

Owning a dog entails serious cost. Aside from food, you also need to make sure he's healthy and well-groomed all the time. You may also need to spend a few bucks on his treats, beddings and even training.


do i have time for my dog
3. Do I have time?

Time is one of the most essential things both growing puppies and adult dogs need. Since your dog will generally rely on you for most of his needs, like food, exercise and grooming, you have to be constantly available to them. If you have work that eats up most of your day, then perhaps owning a dog might not work for you.

is my place good enough for dogs
4. Is my place good enough?

Before you get a dog, it's wise if you can assess your home first. If you live in a small apartment, getting a large breed dog might not be a good idea. It won't only compromise his health, but you'll also be putting your furniture and personal belongings at risk for irreversible damages once he gets bored.

dog waiting for owner
5. Will it fit my lifestyle?

Having a dog at home may mean a few restrictions in your social life. If you can imagine yourself going straight home after work and being fine with missed dates and gatherings, then dog ownership is right for you. There are, however, alternatives, such as dog daycare facilities and dog nannies, if leaving home is inevitable. You just have to take note that these services can also be costly.

6. What dog breed should I get?

Take time to really know what breed fits your home and your personality. Dogs differ in traits and characteristics. Some dogs may prefer lying around all day while there are dogs, such as those hunting breeds, that tend to wander around the neighborhood.

 

family and dog

7. Is my family ready for a dog?

Dogs can take up a lot of space and energy at home. In case you aren't living alone, make sure to ask everyone's opinion first. If there's someone in the family who isn't really up to the idea of having a dog running around, it can cause relationship problems.

adopt a dog
8. Will you adopt or buy your dog?

Adoption has its own pros and cons. For one, adoption gives a dog a new chance at living. However, since he has his own history, you have to be prepared to adjust or control his issues. In case you decide to get your dog from a local breeder, make sure the breeder has high quality standards in breeding and isn't a backyard puppy miller.

9. Is the climate in your area suitable for dogs?

Climate isn’t necessarily a strict factor that can prevent you from getting a dog. However as certain dogs, particularly small breeds are at an increased risk for heat stroke, you may want to consider how warm or cold it is in your place.


getting a dog
10. Why do you want to get a dog?

There could be a number of reasons why you want to get a dog. It could be for security, companionship or even for therapeutic benefits. Knowing and understanding your reasons can help you narrow down your choices while increasing your chances of finding the right fit.


Are you ready to get a dog? What other considerations do you have in mind?

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