Making the decision to get a dog was a very serious life choice for me. As a child, I had always dreamed of owning one but my mother was allergic so my dream had to be put on hold until I was an adult. When I finally reached adulthood and I was able to live in my very own apartment, I knew that it was time but there were many things to consider before I went shopping around.
It really is true what people who have owned dogs for a long time usually say about ownership. Having a dog is really like having a child and it comes with many responsibilities. Many people who have never owned a dog are skeptical when they first hear this but if you have already had the pleasure of owning a dog, you will already know how true that statement is. Your dog will be completely dependent on you for every single need that it has such as being fed, drinking water, medical attention, exercising outdoors, a roof over its head and of course last but not least, your love.
The difference between dogs and your children is that they will never be able to take care of themselves. Your dog will rely on you for the entirety of its life and it is something you need to highly consider before making any type of decisions. Your life will have to change in many ways and your daily routine will have to change to accommodate your new best friend. Before you decide what type of dog you want to get, please consider the following.
The Aspects of pet Ownership
- Your Home– First you need to consider the size of your home and whether it is large enough to accommodate a dog. Considering its size will also help you decide what type of dog to get. The second thing you need to consider is whether your apartment is pet friendly if you live in a building and also whether your neighbors will react positively to your new friend. This could be a nightmare if they aren’t. Lastly, you need to make sure your dog will have enough space in your home to run around and not feel restricted.
- A Messy Home– Even after they are properly trained, dogs can be a bit messy and tend to destroy things around the house. You have to consider how you will feel about this and if it is something you can deal with. The best way to get around this is to keep it in an area where it can feel free but not have things around it to damage.
- Health Care- Your dog should receive the best quality Veterinary care your budget can allow. It is extremely important that you make sure you can afford this when it will inevitably need things such as check ups, immunization shots, and neutering if it is something that you desire. All of these things can be costly so it is very important that you consider this.
- Lifestyle- It is very important that you spend quality time with your dog so you have to consider the kind of lifestyle you live. Are you always outside the home because you travel a lot? Some people also have very busy social lives outside the home and don’t really have time for a serious commitment such as owning a dog. Dogs need lots of love and attention in order to live a happy life. If you can’t provide this kind of love, it is better that you consider another pet.
- Your Monthly Budget- You should assume that your dog will at least live for 15 years. Costs such as food and health care are the most expensive but there are others you also need to consider that add up very quickly. Costs such as licenses, dog crates, grooming and other supplies such as toys can really add up so you should definitely consider these over the 15-year span mentioned above.
Carefully consider all of these aspects before buy your first dog because they are extremely important. If you are not 100% sure after considering all of these aspects, maybe it is best that you wait until you are. Many people just jump in without thinking and up giving the dog away or giving it up to a shelter. Not only is this a waste of your time but it is also cruelty towards your new dog. However, if you have considered every aspect discussed above and feel good about them then prepare to have a wonderful experience with a dog who will give tons of affection.