Are You Ready for a Dog?
A dog will rely on you for everything. Are you prepared to spend the next 10 years of your life taking care of one? Can you afford to pay for everything a dog needs? Do you understand dog psychology and behavior? Please think if you honestly have the time to take care of a dog. Every family has its own needs and so does each dog, make sure your dog can fit into your lives nicely and not just make things more difficult.
Things to Consider
- Do you mind the fur? Dogs are furry animals; some people might think that's what makes a dog cute, but will overlook where all the fur will go. It can harm anyone allergic to dogs or just be a pet peeve for others.
- Do you have children, or are you going to in the next 10 years? Do any children visit your home? Some dogs are naturally friendly towards kids, others may not be. You have to be prepared to teach your dog and your children how to love, play, and respect each other.
- Do you mind holes being dug in your yard? Some dogs, like terriers, love to dig if they hear something moving underground or just want to bury their bones. Also if that is your dog's new bathroom, do you mind some grass dying?
- Do you mind going on an hour walk or run? All dogs, regardless of breed, size, or energy level need exercise. The amount of exercise varies. Some dogs need daily vigorous exercise and stimulation, while others will get enough exercise with a shorter walk. Some dogs need a job to do or they will become restless, bored, and destructive.
- Do you mind the barking? Depending on the breed your dog will bark, howl, cry, yelp, yodel, or wail. You can train most dogs to stop barking but some dogs do it by instinct whenever someone knocks on the door.
- Do you have a steady income? You will have vet bills, if you plan on renting you will likely have pet deposits and monthly rent. You will need to register your dog with the county. It will need vaccinations. Sometimes your dog will get sick and you will need to prepare for emergency vet bills.
All dogs are different, and all families are different. Find a dog that fits well into your family, so you and your dog can live in harmony. If you have decided a dog isn't your kind of pet; consider a cat, a rat, fish, rabbit, etc. Do your research on the different breeds and take time to think things through. Despite all these questions, don't over think it and become fearful. If it honestly feels right, adopt one into your family.