Are you thinking about adopting a dog? There are lots of things to consider before making that decision. Here are 10 things you should know before bringing home a furry friend.
Adopting a Dog is a Long-Term Commitment
Puppies require more time than adult dogs! Dogs under the age of six months typically require at least two hours of attention a day to stay happy and healthy. Exercise your pet’s mind through playtime with a variety of interactive dog toys – they’ll never get bored!
It’s important to remember that dogs typically live for 10-12 years, so you’ll be responsible for their care for a significant amount of time.
A large dog can live for 10 or more years, while smaller breeds may only live 7 or 8 years. You should always consider your personal living situation before adopting a large breed so that you’re prepared with the proper supplies and guidance on how best to care for them in their later years. Do you have enough time to devote to caring for an older dog?
Pet ownership is a responsibility that should never be entered into without proper consideration. There are so many dogs waiting for homes in shelters across the country, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you!
Dogs require regular grooming. Dogs need to be brushed and groomed at least once a week. If your dog has long hair, you’ll need to groom it more often.
Dogs need training. All dogs need basic obedience training. Some breeds (like Rottweilers) can be especially challenging to train, so be prepared for some hard work ahead.
Dogs need exercise. All dogs need regular exercise, regardless of their size or breed. Make sure you have enough space in your home and yard to accommodate a pet and be prepared to walk the dog several times a day.
Dogs need routine. Whether you have a working or stay-at-home schedule, your dog will benefit from being fed and taken for walks at the same time every day. This will help to create a routine for your pet.
If you’re going to be gone for a few hours each day, consider crate training your pet so that he doesn’t have time to get into too much mischief!
Some Breeds are more Aggressive than Others – Choose Carefully!
If you’re considering a breed that has a tendency to be aggressive, make sure you understand the requirements of taking care of such a dog. Some dogs may require more specialized grooming and training to ensure they remain safe and well-behaved members of your family.
For example, Rottweilers are one of the most loyal breeds out there, but they need an owner with sufficient experience to take them on. They’re not for everyone!
Older dogs don’t have great eyesight or teeth – plan accordingly!
A dog’s sense of smell can help compensate for their less than perfect vision in their later years. That said, older pets may benefit from prescription eye drops and/or over-the-counter products made specifically for them.
Older dogs also tend to have weaker teeth, so be prepared to buy them soft food that is gentle on their teeth as they get older.
If you’re looking for a guard dog, consider a Rottweiler or Doberman Pinscher. If you’re looking for a smaller, less aggressive breed, try a Bichon Frise or Welsh Corgi.
Don’t Forget the Cost of Owning a Dog!
Dogs need food, treats, toys, and lots of other things!. They also may have additional expenses such as emergency vet visits and boarding if you will be away from home for an extended period.
Be sure to always provide your dog with plenty of appropriate chew toys, since chewing is a natural activity for them. If you don’t provide your pet with the right things to chew (and enough opportunities to do it!), they may turn to your furniture or clothing instead!
You should consider setting aside funds every month as part of an emergency plan for your dog. Just like human health care or car repair bills, unexpected costs do come up! Be prepared by setting aside money each month into a separate account that you can use for your pet. This way, you’ll always be prepared when veterinary costs arise unexpectedly.
Losing a Pet can be Very Difficult. Be Prepared
Most dogs love their owners unconditionally and will never leave if given the choice not to – but there is always an exception, even among dogs! Make sure you’re prepared in case something happens and you need to find another home for your pet. Consider giving your pet identification tags with contact information written on them, microchipping or tattooing as well as making plans for what might happen if you are unable to care for your dog any longer.
Be Prepared to Make some Adjustments in your Life
No matter what breed you get, owning a dog can change your life in some ways. This is largely due to the time and attention that will be required of you, but it’s also related to certain spaces in your home that may need to be off-limits (such as the kitchen), making it easier for your pet to satisfy its natural curiosity about things like electrical cords or food on the counter.
Preparing for these changes in advance and taking them one at a time is key, rather than trying to make too many adjustments all at once. You’ll find that over time they gradually become second nature!
it’s also, difficult to travel with a dog or leave him home alone all day while you work, but it’s definitely doable with a little bit of effort. If you’re not able to make the necessary adjustments, then owning a dog may not be the right decision for you.
Get your Pet Frequently to the Veterinary
Just as you would for a child, it’s important to get your pet to the vet for regular check-ups and preventive care. Make sure they get vaccinations from a veterinarian. Dogs need routine checkups and booster shots to stay healthy, and many illnesses can be prevented or treated if caught early.
This will help ensure that your dog stays healthy and catch any health problems early on, which can save you both time and money in the long run.
Some Dogs are Better in Different Living Situations than Others.
If you have a small child, for example, it might be a good idea to get a dog that is known to be kid-friendly. If you live in a studio apartment, getting a large dog probably isn’t the best idea. Do your research before you bring home your new furry friend!
Apartment living is not good for some dogs. They need a yard to play in. However, many dogs are quite happy in an apartment.
Some breeds make better family pets while others prefer to be the only pet in the house or do best without small children. Breeds with high energy levels may not be suitable if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, whereas very mellow breeds may not get enough exercise on their own. Make sure to consider your personality and lifestyle alongside the personality and activity level of your potential new dog breed!
Do your research into different dog breeds before choosing one that’s right for you. Be sure to consider your own living situation before choosing a breed of dog. Doing so will help you choose the best companion for you!
For example, if someone in your family has asthma or other respiratory problems, certain breeds may not be suitable due to their inherent breathing difficulties. Other dogs may require daily exercise whereas others would prefer living in an apartment instead of having access to it’s also important to think about your lifestyle and what you’re willing to do to accommodate a dog.
Puppies may Seem Like Cute Bundles of Joy But Remember that Puppies Grow Up Quickly!
Be sure to research the potential size of your dog when it reaches adulthood, whether you could handle a 50-pound (22.6 kg) dog if you live in an apartment or wanted something smaller like a Yorkshire Terrier instead.
Puppies are a lot of work in the beginning – house training, obedience training, and socialization are all important during their formative months. But if you’re prepared for it and have the time to put into it, a puppy can be a great addition to your family.
Dogs Need Plenty of Toys to Play With.
Even if you provide your dog with lots of stimulation and exercise, they will still get bored if they don’t have any toys to play with. Be sure to stock up on a variety of toys that can keep your dog entertained – Kongs filled with treats, chew toys, balls, Frisbees – anything goes!
It’s important to have a variety of toys on hand for your dog to play with, especially when you’re not home. This will help keep him occupied and out of trouble!
Be Prepared for Dog Hair on Your Clothes and Furniture
Dogs shed, and there’s no way to avoid it. Be prepared for a little bit of dog hair on your clothes and furniture, and don’t be upset if your house starts to look like a petting zoo after a while. It’s all part of being a dog owner!
While you can prevent this to some extent with grooming and regular cleanings, you’ll generally find that dogs shed all year round unless they’re spayed or neutered. This means you should expect a certain amount of hair in daily life when owning a dog – especially a breed with a long coat!
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Brenda Tillman is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner, a dedicated mom blogger, and a life enthusiast. She also has completed courses on Parenting Skills, Learning, and Education. She is married and is the proud mother of a boy and two girls. She loves being with her family and pets. She has been blogging for over five years now and enjoys sharing her thoughts on parenting, relationships, health & fitness as well as other topics that come up in life.