4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

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Dogs make wonderful pets, which is why it’s not surprising that they are one of the most popular choices amongst pet owners. They are loyal companions who bring a lot of joy into a household; they can offer protection and show a lot of affection. However, as brilliant as dogs are as pets, they can be more work than other animals in terms of training and getting settled into your home. This is why it’s very important to think it through before bringing a new dog or puppy into the house.

1.    Do You Have Enough Space?

Of course, some dog breeds are not as big and bulky as others, but any kind of dog needs the right space at home to live comfortably with you. If you have your heart set on a larger breed of dog, living in a small studio apartment might not be the best environment for both of you to cohabitate. Decluttering your home before you bring your pet dog back, no matter what size, is always a good idea, too. This will remove any potential hazards and simply create more space for them.

2.    Do You Have the Time?

Do you have the time to commit to training your new puppy? Or to take them out for regular walks? Are you sure this is the kind of commitment you’re willing to make to a pet? Even if you brought home a more mature dog that had already been trained, you will still need to give them time to adjust to you and their new surroundings, which could result in some temporary bad behavior. They will also need to go out each day for exercise, and again, depending on the breed you get, this will determine how long and how often you need to take them for walks.

3.    Can You Afford Their Care?

As well as having enough time for your dog, you must also be able to afford to pay their vet bills, pet insurance, food, toys, etc. Although you don’t have to purchase the most expensive things for your dog, making sure they’re getting quality food at the very least is important to make sure they’re getting a nutritious diet. You might also have to pay to leave them in day-care or to have a professional dog walker to take them out if you can’t for whatever reason. All of these things add up, so make sure you can comfortably afford the additional expenses. You can find out more information on caring for dogs at Happy and Healthy Dogs.

4.    Are There Kids in Your Home?

A lot of kids love dogs and they can bond with them straight away, but sometimes this might not be the case. If you have children at home, make sure they get to know the dog before you bring them home so both can get used to each other. You will also need to teach your kids how to care for a dog properly and how to behave around it to reduce the risk of harm to your kids and your dog.

They do make fabulous pets, but before you bring a dog home, think about the points above and make sure you’re truly ready to make such a big commitment.

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Comments

  1. Kelly Kimmell says

    These are all helpful tips. We are considering getting a dog when we move.

  2. Michelle S says

    These are definitely things we considered when we adopted a puppy last summer. She is 8 months old now and one of the best things that happened to our family.

  3. So rewarding to have a pet, but much to consider and a lot of responsibility too

  4. These are great tips and things to consider before getting a dog, thank you for sharing! They are definitely a big responsibility, which is exactly why we haven’t gotten a family dog yet. We started with a cat. My kids have been begging for a dog though and I think we are ready. I homeschool them and we are home all of the time, so it will be perfect

  5. Monica McConnell says

    Very important thing to think about, I actually got my dog from someone who got him and then decided they didnt want him bc they were not ready for the responsibility and they were going to drop him on the side of the road. I took him and told them never do that@

  6. Susan Smith says

    Great tips, when we were looking for a dog that was good with small children I went on the internet to learn about some breeds I was interested in and then talked to owners of the breed of dog I was interested in to see if they were good with their children.

  7. Christina Gould says

    I love dogs, but they are a lot of work. I prefer cats, even though I hate cleaning the kitty litter box, lol. Thanks for posting!

  8. Dana Rodriguez says

    Useful tips. A dog can be a lot of work and there are things to consider.

  9. Having had pets all my life both dogs and cats it is good for folks to realize that it is a long term commitment. Well worth it but important to know ahead of time.

  10. These are very important. Thanks for the article.

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