Preparing For a Dog – 6 Key Questions to Ask Yourself Before Bringing a Dog Into Your Life
Please don’t buy a puppy on an impulse. You need time to think things through and be completely honest with yourself. Yes, they are so irresistible, but they grow up and the time between being a puppy and an adult can wear you down to a point of exhaustion if you don’t have the right training for them. Here are some key questions to ask yourself.
Are Dogs Welcome Where You Live?
If you rent a home or an apartment/condo, do you know for sure that dogs are welcome? You need to find out because there are landlords that do not like dogs due to the fact that puppies can be destructive. Your home and the grounds need to be dog friendly. Speak to your landlord and scout out the grounds.
Have You Lived With A Dog Before?
Do you really know what to expect from a new puppy? Get ready, because they can shed, (there are breeds that don’t shed) drag in dirt, mud and leaves, they may kill a rodent and drag it into your home, not to mention throw up on your couch.
Do You Have The Time?
You better make sure you set aside lots of time for your dog. They need a lot of training, affection, companionship and play time. One thing you can’t do is hurry through the door, throw food in your dogs bowl and then leave again. That just isn’t fair to them. They are waiting for you to come home so they can have some attention. You’re all they have in their lives.
Are There Frail Seniors Or A Baby Living In Your Home?
If you have someone who is older and very frail, they cold trip over the dog, lose their balance and have a serious fall. You must keep this in mind because puppies don’t realize their strength. If you have a baby in the house are you going to be able to put your baby on the floor to play when you have a puppy running around?
Does Everyone Agree On Getting A Dog?
If you have other family members living in your home you must make sure everyone is on the same page about getting a dog. What if one of your children is afraid of dogs? That child would be miserable.
Do You Have The Money?
This is a very important question. Do you have any idea how much it costs to keep a dog healthy and happy? They need vaccines, veterinary care, they need to be spayed or neutered, they may hurt themselves and need emergency care. Not to mention they need a crate, leash, collar, toys and excellent premium dog food. (very important)
Now, you’re probably thinking that I’m trying to talk you out of getting a dog. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I am a pet owner and love every second of it. Yes, I went through all those trials and tribulations. If I had more time and more room, I would have at least two more dogs. They give you nothing but unconditional love every day. However, you MUST give them love back.
There is nothing that breaks my heart more than a dog owner that has no time for his dog other than a slight pad on the head every other day. That dog leads a very sad and lonely life. Please don’t be one of those owners. Be smart and prepare for your new dog and you will see just how much you will enjoy him/her.