Before bringing in a new dog into your home, you need to ask yourself if you’re the right human companion for him or her. The following important questions are worth paying attention to before making that bold move:
Do You Have a Reliable Support System Who Can Help Out If Necessary?
I know we all want to enjoy every minute of our lives with our beloved dogs. But in the real world, this isn’t possible, especially if you have a full-time job, business or school to go to. Because of this, it’s very important that you have reliable people around you who can help with your dog when you’re not around.
This can be family, friends or neighbors who have access to your home, and can handle your dog’s feeding, medication, exercise, going to the bathroom and even calling the vet in case of an emergency. If you don’t have a reliable support system to help out, ask yourself if you’ll be able to afford a professional dog walker or dog sitter to take care of your pet while you’re away.
What’s Your Lifestyle Like?
Are you a couch potato or an active person? Be very honest when you answer this question because it will determine the type of dog you bring into your home. Generally, you should adopt a dog with the same or lower energy level than you. This is to ensure that you meet his daily energy needs by giving him the required amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation.
A highly active dog is likely to get bored in your home if you live a sedentary lifestyle because you won’t be able to meet his high energy needs. And as you know, this might lead to destructive behaviors like excessive chewing, barking, whining etc.
Do You Have Kids?
If you have children or is expecting one soon, it’s advisable that you get a kid-friendly dog. You should also be willing to teach your kids how to get along well with the new addition to your family. This includes teaching them how to respect his (the dog) personal space, how to play with him, how to talk to him and how to care for him in general.
Do You Have Other Dogs In Your Home?
If you already have other dogs (and other pets) in your home, it’s always a good idea to take your time to watch how your prospective dog gets along with others at the shelter before you bring him home. Always remember that a dog that’s aggressive and combative at the shelter will not turn overnight into a peace-loving, non-aggressive pet when he gets to your home. So, be safe and consider one that gets along well with others.
What’s The Size Of Your Home?
Do you live in a large home of your own, or in a small city apartment? Depending on your answer, consider bringing in a dog that can comfortably fit in your current living space.
Can You Afford Him?
Besides the initial amount you pay when you adopt your dog, ask yourself if you can honestly handle the recurring bills you’ll incur when taking care of your pet for the rest of his life.
That’s because dogs require feeding, grooming, vaccinations, spaying and neutering, on-going medical care, training, and exercise among others. All these will require a huge chunk of your money and time.
You should be prepared to take care of these costs and much more if you plan to own a dog. Having a health insurance for your pet will definitely help you with most of his veterinary expenses.
Are You Always Away From Home?
Lastly, if your business or job keeps you away from home for several days or even months, then adopting a dog isn’t a good idea at this point in your life. This is especially true if you live alone and has no one else to help take care of him. That’s because dogs require your love, care and attention, which you may not be able to give if you’re always busy. All in all, if you feel ready for a canine companion after answering all the above questions, then, by all means, go ahead and adopt the dog of your choice. I’m sure; he’ll bring lots of happiness to your life and home.
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