Getting a dog is no simple job. It is a huge responsibility that you need to carefully consider before you take up. A pet takes up your time; energy and money just like a baby would do so ensure you are ready for it before you get into it. You need to be prepared to welcome it into your family and treat him just as a family member, providing for all his needs. So here are some factors you need to consider before you make the commitment.
- Will it fit your lifestyle?
Commitment is key so ask yourself; can you fit in a pet into your schedule? A dog lives up to 10 or 15 years; hence it is a lifelong commitment to make. Evaluate your routine and see if you have enough time to maintain a dog. If you have long work hours and travel often, it might not be a good idea to get a dog into the picture. Dogs need love and affection immensely, and loneliness can make them unwell. Also, if you have big expenses up your sleeve, then adding more expenses is not a wise choice as you will have to spend heaps on dog food, toys, other accessories such as dog beds, vaccinations and doctor’s appointments etc. If you are a busy person, maybe a pet such as a fish would fit your lifestyle better than a dog.
Training a dog is vital as they will be living in your house, moving with humans all the time. The last thing you need is for it to poop all over the place or bite a family member or eat out your couch and make a mess. Potty training, obedience training etc. are some that need to be done that takes a lot of time and effort. If you don’t have the time for it, enroll your dog in a training program. There could be programs specially designed for specific breeds so do your research before you go. Common programs are easy to find so enroll all puppies here.
- Do research
Each dog breed has specific nutrition requirements, physical activity routines, vaccines, medication etc. If you are newly adopting a dog, be sure to do thorough research on the breed you are planning to get. Much bigger dogs are harder to maintain, especially if you don’t have a big backyard. If you are living in an apartment, smaller dogs would be the best. Have a thorough knowledge on any food items that are unhealthy for the dog, any tips to follow when bathing him etc.