Some things to think about before committing to adopting a dog
Owning a dog can be a very rewarding experience and most of all it should be fun! With fun however, comes responsibility. It is up to you to ensure that you give your dog or puppy the best start in your life together and that you continue to be a responsible dog owner so that your dog can enjoy a long, happy and healthy life.
Dogs take work and commitment:
A dog is a living animal and requires all the love and care that you would give to a child. When you take on a dog there is a responsibility that goes with it. Dogs do not look after themselves.
They may be expensive - there is a range of costs that they can incur - feeding, vet bills - regular inoculations, general health and any accidents/illnesses that might befall your dog, someone to stay with them when you are away.
They need time - walking (don't expect dogs to take themselves for a walk), feeding, playing, training, grooming, and cleaning up after them!
They need company - so it is important that you are able to spend time with them during the day. Dogs are pack animals and they look to you to be the leader of the pack. If you do not give them enough attention (walking, training, grooming, feeding) they may try to take over as pack leader and become aggressive and uncontrollable.
Dogs can live from 8-21 years depending on the breed.
You are committed to them for their entire life.
Spend some time to think about your decision. Ask yourself:
Do you really want to take on all that extra responsibility?
Do you have the time?
If you don't own your house, are you allowed to keep pets?
Are there breed or size restrictions where you live?
Dogs need a regular routine - are you able to offer this every day?
Will the dog regularly be left for several hours or long periods?
Have you added up the financial costs of owning a dog?
Is anyone that will be living with the dog allergic to or scared of dogs?
Does everyone in your family want a dog?
Do you have time for a dog?
Do you have any other pets that might not get on with the dog?
Are you willing to seek training for behavioral issues that may arise?
Are you aware of the legal responsibilities of owning a dog?
Is there someone to care for the dog in the event something happens to you?
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