Before Getting A Dog Ask Yourself These Questions!
Are you thinking of getting a dog to your home for the very first time? Is this going to be your first pet parenting experience? Read our blog to know all the important things to ask and analyze yourself before getting a pup.
Bringing a dog home sounds like every animal lovers dream! However, there are serious factors that are to be considered before bringing a dog into your life. You should understand that it comes with loads of responsibilities as well as gaining a friend for life.
Questions To Ask Before Getting A Dog:
1. Why Do I Need A Dog?
Run this question multiple times inside your head for the right reasons. Reasons cannot be like gifting your child a puppy or to have fun. These reasons do not always justify getting a dog and can often lead to the puppy ending up in a shelter or pound.
2. Am I Aware Of The Costs Involved?
Owning and caring for a pet of any kind is expensive. Dogs need lots of healthy food and training to make sure they are growing up to be a great family dog. They also need lots of vet care to be sure they are happy and healthy.
3. Do I Have The Time To Take Care Of The Dog?
A puppy is like a toddler that needs time to be taught and trained. You cannot bring home a puppy and let it grow up on its own. Training dogs takes a lot of time and patience. If you feel you do not have the time, attention to give, or money to train your dog or hire a trainer, a dog may not be right for you.
Things To Know Before Getting A Dog:
1. Discuss getting a dog with your family members. Your dog will become part of your family so all the members of the household should be on board with the idea of bringing home a new life long friend.
2. Getting a dog is a long term commitment. You need to be prepared to take care of it and meet the expenses for the next 12 to 15 years.
3. If you are ready to get a dog, research what type of breed will suit you and your family best. Each breed has their own personality and needs. Choose wisely and do not base your choice on looks alone.
4. Having a puppy takes a lot of energy and training. Rescuing an older dog might work out for some as they are more than likely to be house trained and require less training. You will also be saving a dog and making the last few years of their lives happier than you can even imagine!
5. If you are thinking of getting a dog but have never had one in you life before consider volunteering to foster a dog first. This will help you determine if you are ready for the commitment of owning a dog and dealing with all the responsibility and attention they need.
Being a pet parent is awesome when you are aware of the responsibilities it comes along with. Once you get these sorted, you are going to be a rockstar pet parent.