Prior to obtaining a dog there are many issues that you should consider. Not everyone should have a dog at this stage in their lives based on several circumstances. Below are five things to consider before getting a dog.
1. Lifestyle. Indeed how you live is something to consider. Do you work twelve hours a day and don’t have a lot of spare time? Are you currently and / or your family active? Do you go for walks or regular runs? Do you enjoy hiking or hanging out in a local park? If you have some time to spend with your dog and have an active lifestyle you will likely enjoy having a bigger and more active dog such as a lab or a border collie.
However, if your life is much more sedentary then a small dog may be in line with your needs because they just don’t seem to require the same amount of exercise.
2. Financial Commitment. Dog aren’t cheap. I’m not even referring to the initial cost. I’m talking about the routine maintenance. Petfood, heartworm medicine, and veterinarian bills can get costly and so this is a consideration if you are on a tight budget.
Also remember the possibility of a serious illness or perhaps an accident that can cause a very large vet bill. Are you able to handle that?
3. Big or Small Dog. This is an important question, and as I mentioned above, your lifestyle has a lot to do with making this choice. Is the dog for an adult person that really likes big dogs? Or is the dog for a small child so a small dog will be more appropriate?
4. Puppy or Adult Dog. This is really a vital question. Are your family members willing and prepared for all of the work that the puppy brings? Do not forget there is potty training, socialization and all of the visits to your vet for puppy shots.
Maybe you don’t want to go through all that and want to start with a dog that is a little older and hopefully is already better behaved. Getting an adult dog may be the best for you if this is your case.
5. Adopt or buy. Now the last thing to give some thought to is are we going to buy a puppy from a breeder or adopt a puppy or older dog from a shelter or rescue? There really isn’t a right or a wrong response here, it is simply which one is best for your family and you.
So prior to getting that brand new dog or puppy take a couple of minutes to take into consideration these five helpful tips. Best of luck!