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