Owning a dog is a great experience for all of the family. It is a lot of hard work, though, so you do need to think carefully about dog ownership and if it really is for you. It is a commitment for as long as the dog’s life, you want it to be the right decision for all involved. If you think you might like to get a pet dog, then here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before you choose one to bring home.
Are You Sure?
As getting a dog is a pretty big deal, then you need to sit and really think if this is something for you. You’ll spend the next few years after getting a dog either regretting it or loving it, so you need to go in with both eyes open. To check if you are really ready for a pet dog, consider things like the time it will take to care for a dog. In the early days, it will all be about the time it takes to read dog training books and get the right equipment in the house. From there it is time to think about how much time you can spare on a daily basis for things like walks and play.
Will Your Lifestyle Fit a Dog?
Dogs need walking regularly and playing with on a daily basis too. So you need to think about the time commitment. But more than that, you do need to ask yourself how well a dog will fit into your lifestyle. If you are not at home very often, through working long hours or traveling a lot, would it make sense to get a pet dog? If you’d hardly ever see them, then it might not make sense for either of you. If you are home a little more then it might be easier to fit in looking after a dog. You want to bond and get to know each other, and that can’t really happen if you are constantly out of the house.
Can You Afford It?
A dog, like a new baby, can bring with it lots of new expenses. As well as just the equipment that a dog needs, there are things like vaccinations, medical expenses, and dog bills. So you need to realistically think about what you can afford. There are insurance policies that you can get to cover a pet and would pay for the majority of the cost. But of course, there is a cost involved with getting insurance each month. So doing a little research into how much it is all going to cost is a good idea before you make any decisions.
Have You Got Space?
Dogs don’t take up too much space. But they do require a little space to roam and play. Somewhere to put their dog bed is needed, as well as their food bowls. It is worth considering the outside spaces around you too. Are there lots of places to go for a walk in your local area, or would it mean driving somewhere when it is time for walkies?