Best questions to ask before deciding on dog ownership:
Why do you want a dog?
Is it because they’re “cute”, your favorite celebrity has one or your kids really, really, really want one? These reasons can all lead to one BIG mistake. Adding a dog to your family should be a lifelong commitment and the dog’s lifetime could easily be 15 or more years. Make it a well thought out responsible decision. Dog adoption is a serious choice.
Do you have time for a dog?
Dogs require a lot of quality time. If you work long days, are tired at the end and just don’t feel like it, that is never an excuse. The dog still needs fed, groomed exercised and lots of companionship. Do you have good plans for who will care for your dog while you are on vacation or slipping away for a weekend trip? A friend, relative or kennel will need to be lined up.
What about your living arrangements?
Many rentals and communities either ban or restrict dog ownership. Do you have an outdoor space for your dog to play and burn off excess energy? If not, are you prepared to devote time to frequent dog walks?
Can your finances support dog ownership?
The cost can add up quickly. Many people don’t think about all the expenses involved. These include: license fees, Vet. bills, grooming, food, toys, training and the possible cost to repair any items your dog may destroy. Which leads to another consideration.
Are you prepared for the unexpected?
Are you prepared for chewing of household items and personal belongings, furniture and floor scratches, piddle, puddle and poo accidents on your nice carpet or shiny hardwood floors?
Do you freak out if your house is not perfect at all times?
Dogs can be messy. They don’t pick up their toys, wipe their paws or exercise any caution around breakable items. And the fur and dust does accumulate.
Anyone in your home have allergies?
Shedding dogs will aggravate this. There are breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic or non-shedding but even those dogs can wreak havoc with a person that is very sensitive.
Think about any major future plans.
Having a baby or moving. Might want to wait till after these things happen to adopt your new dog. Some dogs are better with children than others.
Once the new baby has arrived, there are ways to help assure that the dog and baby are good roommates.
Finally, are you willing to make a forever commitment to your dog?
To be there when he needs you , even though it may be inconvenient, expensive and messy?
This dog adoption checklist can only serve as a guide. If you are sure about dealing with all these considerations and your commitment to see them through, dog adoption may be for you. You will have a very valued and dedicated friend in your new family addition.
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