3 Important Things To Consider Before Getting a Dog

Making the decision to adopt a dog isn’t any small commitment.  Although you may not realize it, it cant be just as much responsibility as having a child.

It’s essential that you realize it’s a step not to be taken lightly.  In order to make sure that you get the most out of your experience as well as your animal, it’s critical to take the most relevant factors into consideration.

Here are several things to go over before taking the plunge into being a dog owner. 

Are You In a Relationship?

If you’re in a committed relationship and getting the dog together as a couple, you should consider what will happen to the dog if you break up.  Although it may not be a comfortable topic of conversation discussing the possibility of breaking up one day, it’s crucial.  When you get a dog together, you need to anticipate the potential of separating so that you can decide what’s best for the dog.

It’s also important to discuss your attitudes towards dog training.  Some couples are surprised to find that once they get a dog together, discipline may be a point of disagreement.  One person in the couple believes inconsistent rules, while the other is okay with letting things slide occasionally.  If you don’t share the same views on the role that a dog should play, then you should not be pet owners together. 

Do You Have Enough Time To Give Your Pet Attention?

It’s critical that you have enough time in your schedule to be able to spend time with your dog. Dogs require significantly more attention than cats, and can even develop behavioral issues if emotionally neglected for too long.

Your dog will not only need to be interacted with but also taken out for walks several times a day.   Dogs don’t have litter boxes like cats, so you’ll need to take them out to do their business. Depending on the size of the dog,  they may require as much as an hour walk a day. If you don’t think your schedule can fit in this kind of a commitment, then you should greatly reconsider. 

Can You Afford It?

A lot of new pet owners don’t realize that dogs cost a lot more than kibbles and a collar.  There are a significant amount of costs that come up. Dogs can get ill, injured, and need toys to keep them happy.  

They’ll need quality dog food if you want them to live a long and healthy life.   If you travel, you’ll need to pay for someone to care for it.

It’s essential to have a realistic figure in mind for how much a dog costs so that you know what you’re getting into first. 

Zoe Kickhefer
zoe@everydaylifes.com

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