Dogs are beautiful, wonderful, life changing creatures, but they certainly aren’t for everyone. You should never bring a dog into your home before very carefully considering whether you can give him a happy home.
Here are some of the most important requirements all new dog owners should have:
Most important of all, if you plan to bring a new dog into your home, you need to ensure that you have enough time to introduce him to his new environment, train him and ensure he’s happy. This is even more important if you plan to buy a puppy who needs to be potty trained, socialized and taught how to be a good dog, which as you can see from thespruce.com/steps-to-train-your-dog, is very time-consuming! If you work 50 hours a week and you can’t take any time off, it might not be the right time to become a dog owner.
Properly caring for a dog isn’t cheap. Sure, they’re not expensive as kids, but you will need to pay for food, shots, pet insurance, neutering and spaying, grooming and toys amongst other stuff, which you can find out more about at stopthatdog.com. If you don’t have enough left over in your budget to cover these basics, then you will be doing any dog you bring into your home a real disservice.
Dogs can live for 10,15 or 20 years, and it would be cruel to get one now if you’re not totally committed to looking after it for the long-haul, even when times are tough, you move to another state, or you have kids. If you can’t be sure that you will keep that canine by your side through thick and thin, please do not buy him!
If you don’t live alone, you really shouldn’t plunge into getting a dog unless all of your family are on board. Dogs are hard work, and they do take up a lot of time and attention, and their being in the house will affect others. If they aren’t happy with this, they could end up resenting the dog and pressuring you to get rid of your beloved pal, which could be stressful and distressing, not to mention very unfair on the dog, to say the least.
A Suitable Property
You just can’t bring a big dog into a small cramped apartment, or a puppy into a home that is filled with all kinds of mess. That way disaster lies. If you’re serious about having a dog, you need to ensure that your property, first of all, allows dogs, secondly is big enough for the breed you choose, and third is a safe place for them to be. It’s just that simple.
Last, but definitely not least, you need to have the knowledge of what being a dog owner is like; you need to know how to look after your new arrival and take care of his needs, and stick to your legal responsibilities as a dog owner. If you can’t do this, hold off on getting a dog until you’ve read up on the essentials of dog care – it’ll be easier for everyone.