Thursday, December 18, 2014

4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

Having a dog can bring joy to your life, and it can also provide protection. However, getting a dog is a big decision, and it’s something that will take up your time and cost you a decent amount of money. Getting a dog is something you need to think about and not something you can just do on a whim. Before you go out and get a dog, here are four things to consider.

1. The Cost
The cost of owning a dog is much more expensive than you may think. Dogs need essentials, such as collars, crates, leashes, food, ID tags, and water/food bowls. They also require annual (if not more frequent) medical care. Booster shots are needed every year, and flea and tick medication as well as heartworm prevention medication is needed on a monthly basis. And not to mention the cost of medical care if your dog is to fall ill or injured. Before deciding to get a dog, take a good hard look at your finances and determine if a dog is something you can truly afford. If there is any hesitation, don’t do it.

2. The Time
Getting a dog will take up a lot of your time. If you’re bringing home a puppy, you will need to dedicate a lot of time training the puppy. This is not something that is accomplished in one day, so be prepared to spend a lot of time with your dog on a constant basis.

Even after the training is over or when the dog is older, your dog will still take up your time. Your dog cannot live on its own, which means that you will need to make sure you are home regularly enough to feed the dog and let him or her outside to go to the bathroom. If you are constantly staying away from home, a dog may not be a good decision.

3. The Type of Dog
There are so many different types of dogs out there that you would need to determine which type of dog would make the most sense for you. For example, if you or anyone in your family is allergic to dogs, you would need to consider a hypoallergenic dog. If you live in an apartment with restrictions, you may need to stick with smaller dogs. Be sure to research the different types of dogs out there as well as the optimal conditions for that certain breed, then be sure to choose a dog that would fit well with your current living conditions and lifestyles.

4. The Essentials


Dogs need a lot of essentials in order to survive, and it’s important that you think about these items before getting a dog. For example, you will need to decide on a veterinarian to care for your dog and provide him or her with the right treatments and care. You’ll also need to consider the type of food and/or diet you will provide your dog, whether wet food, dry food, dehydrated dog foods, or any other option. You’ll also need to determine who will care for the dog while you’re out—will you leave him or her at home or will you put him or her in a doggy daycare? Having the answers to these types of questions will make you more prepared for what to expect and how you will care for the dog once you bring him or her home

28 comments:

  1. We adopted our dog last year and I think we thought of everything - but you never know when something could come up and they need extra vet visits or something.

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  2. These are very important things to remember and think about. Above all Don't just dump your pet if it doesn't work out. Find a good loving home.

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  3. Great tips and reminders about getting a dog. This time of the year more puppies are bought/adopted as Holiday gifts and people need to think long term for these animals. They are to become family members. We have two dogs and we just adore them.

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  4. We are dog shopping on Sunday. I can't believe the timeliness of this post! We promised our son but I am not looking forward to getting stuck with all the work!

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  5. My kids want a dog so much. I have to remind myself how much responsibility they are. I just don't think we're ready. But they are so cute!

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  6. The biggest for us is the time involved. Even though I work from home, 2 dogs are alot to manage. They bring so much joy though.

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  7. These are very important tips. I also work from home - with 2 dogs and a cat. Even though the cat is pretty self sufficient, the dogs can be a handful.

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  8. These are great things to consider before getting a dog. I can't have any pets due to my allergies. Plus I wouldn't have time for one.

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  9. We adore our dogs and can't imagine life without them, but you're right, they are a lot of work! This is a great post to remind people that a pet is not like other gifts, it takes a big comittment. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Those are great tips for people who don't know if they should get a dog or not. Your dog is totally cute btw!

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  11. So many people don't think of a dog's needs before getting one. They are a big time and money commitment, and will be with you for years!

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  12. We have rescue quite a few dogs over the years so I do know what you are talking about. Many years ago we did get a dog for our family and it just didn't work out. It wasn't the right time and fortunately we were able to find it a good home. I have always felt bad about that but since then we have had 4 dogs and it has been a great experience.

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  13. We just got a new puppy about a month ago. It's definitely constant training! And the chewing, oh the chewing!

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  14. These are great considerations and the reason my family does not have a dog yet. We are not ready! LOL!

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  15. These are great tips. Unfortunately, I do not think a lot of people consider them. The cost is a big one for sure. Dogs are like kids. I had to take out puppy in just the other day for a $140 bill because he basically has allergies. He got better as soon as we left lol. Pets can be expensive.

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  16. These are great tips! Getting a dog always is very exciting, but they come with so much responsibility.

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  17. I'm glad to read these tips but I'm not ready for a dog myself. They're way too much work. I have enough to worry about keeping my family healthy.

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  18. These are some really great tips! Thankfully we were prepared when we rescued our Husky Bella last year from a local shelter! We love her and she brings so much joy to the whole family!

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  19. One of my kids really wants to get a dog. They are very nervous, being a first time owner! I'll share this with them.

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  20. These are so important for every one to read before getting a dog. I think the biggest is the time commitment. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. those are great tips!!! i agree that you should do your research before getting any animal. they are more work than people think.

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  22. These are all very important points to think of when your considering getting a puppy. It can be hard to say no when you have such a cute little fur ball in your hands.

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  23. I think a lot of people especially don't think about that time. Yes, it's nice to have a dog around when you want to spend time with them, but you also need to be around when they want to spend time with you.

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  24. As a dog person, I have to say that you are so right. It takes a lot to own a dog, but the reward is so worth it.

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  25. Great tips!!! It takes so much time to care for a dog. But oh so worth it.

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  26. I love having our rescue pups! THey have made things a lot of fun.

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  27. Definitely all of these are true! My husband has horrible allergies, or we'd jump all over this!

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  28. Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work. For sure i will check out more posts.

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