Dogs are man’s best friend. They are loyal, they make sure you’re safe, they greet you happily even after leaving them for several hours a day. They don’t hold grudges and are just perfectly happy to get to be petted and rubbed thoroughly. Do these qualities tempt you to go out and get your own dog? Before you do so, here are some things you have to consider when getting a dog.
1. Best Type of Dog
There are many different breeds of dogs out there to choose from. You don’t just pick the cutest or the fluffiest or the biggest. You have to think if the dog’s personality and breed will be suitable for your lifestyle and household. This can spell a lot of difference in the long run.
2. Money Issues
Buying or adopting a dog costs money but the expenses don’t end there. You also have to regularly have your dog medically checked. There are a lot of diseases that can afflict dogs and you would want your dog healthy, happily up and running. Getting them checked and treated can get costly in time.
3. Let’s Talk About Space
Dogs require some amount of exercise every day. If you live in an apartment or a studio with limited space, they may not be able to exercise properly which could lead to health problems. If this is the case, you will have to bring them out and walk them every day to keep them healthy… This leads us to the next concern.
4. Time Allotment
If you are busy at work and nobody is left at home to walk your dog or take care of him, then this will be a big problem. You have to allot some time to feed your dog, take him to the veterinary, groom and walk him.
5. Household Condition
Being a responsible pet owner means you make sure that your dog’s surroundings are safe and free of anything that can harm him. You have to make your house “dog-friendly”. It is your responsibility that your dog will not be exposed to harmful elements.
6. Emotional Attachment
This is something that only a long-time pet owner can tell you. Your dog will live with you for a long time if you take good care of him, but there will come a time when you have to let him go. It is one of the saddest events that you can experience. It is so sad that there are people who prefer not to take care of a dog after.
Treat your dog well and you will get to spend a long time with him. You can experience many happy moments together which will be fulfilling to both of you. Having a pet teaches you responsibility on taking care of another life. But before you get the dog of your dreams, do your research and ask yourself if you are ready for it. Because having a dog with you, or any pet for that matter, is a long term commitment.