Before you get a dog, you need to make some considerations to ensure it’s the right decision for you. I mean, there’s a lot to think about. To start you off, read through this post for the absolute basics you need to consider before getting a dog:
Do You Have the Time for a Dog?
You need to make sure you have enough time to spend with your dog. Having time to walk your dog just isn’t enough. You need to make sure you have enough time to interact and stimulate your dog. It isn’t a very good existence for a dog if they go on one walk a day and the rest of the time they are left to their own devices! Consider how much spare time you have and whether you can fit a dog into your life at the moment.
Can You Afford a Dog?
You have many costs to consider when getting a dog. Not only must you consider the cost of the actual dog and all of the accessories, such as leads and dog beds, you need to think about ongoing costs. There’s dog food, vet appointments, medicine and more. You’ll need to allocate a large chunk of your budget to your dog.
Will the Novelty Wear Off?
Getting a dog can be very exciting at first. However, the novelty can soon wear off if you don’t get one for the right reasons. Too many people get a dog and then lose interest. They stop wanting to play and walk the dog. This isn’t fair on the dog, especially if they end up selling the dog or giving it away. Dogs should become a part of your family!
Have You Considered the Right Breed for Your Situation?
There are a ton of different dog breeds, and choosing one has a lot to do with your situation. You can’t simply consider which dog breed you think is the cutest. You need to do your research and decide what kind of dog will suit you. Some need walking more than others. Some are better with kids. Some prefer to be alone, while others like to have dog friends. Make sure you pick the right dog for you.
Is Your Situation Likely to Change?
If your situation is likely to change at all, you should hold off on getting a dog. How would you care for your dog if you lost your job? What if you took a pay cut, or had to move? Think of how likely it is that these things will happen to you, and what you’ll do if they do happen. It always helps to have a plan B just in case anything should change. Once you have considered these basics, you should have a good idea of whether getting a dog is right for you. Part of your life will be dedicated to this animal for 8 years or more, so make sure you’re prepared for the commitment. Having a dog is like being a parent! Good luck!