Considering adopting a furry friend into your home? Dogs and puppies are adorable, and are able to bring us so much joy and fulfill our lives in so many ways. But before taking the plunge, it’s vital that you really think it through. A dog is a massive commitment, and when you decide to get one you need to be prepared to look after it to the very best of your ability for its entire life. Here are a few important things to consider.




Dogs Are Expensive

Over the course of their lives, dogs are expensive pets to own. If you don’t have the means or inclination to spend a lot of money on a pet, the simple option is to not get a dog. Food, treats, toys, leads, collars, tags, grooming products, dog beds will all add up. On top of that, you have insurance or potential vet bills to foot if they get ill or develop a health condition.


Dogs Can Develop Behaviour Issues

Aggression, phobias, destructiveness and excessive barking are all things you may have to deal with when you own a dog. Researching the temperament of the breed before buying is a good idea, but even then they can surprise you and grow up to be completely different to what you expect. Socializing your puppy well when they’re young is helpful, and exposing them to lots of different situations. This means they’re less likely to be phased by them as an older dog. Behaviour problems can be incredibly frustrating, investing in dog obedience training could be the answer in some cases. Unlike a person you can’t just ask them what’s wrong, and as dog behavior can be complex it’s not even like you can guess a lot of the time. While many dogs grow up without major issues, be aware that this is something you could potentially face.


Say Goodbye to Spontaneous Vacations and Overnight Stays

If you have a baby, you can take them just about anywhere with you. Vacations, overnight stays, trips to friends houses. This is something you often can’t do with a dog, and so if you love your spontaneous breaks away, this is something you will have to give up. While they can be boarded in kennels without a problem for an annual vacation, it’s not something you should be doing all the time. Being away from their home and owner is stressful for a dog, and so it should be kept to a minimum.


Dogs Take Up a Lot of Time

Dogs are needy by nature, it’s one of the things we as humans love about them. They love being near their owner and need plenty of walks, love, and affection to be kept happy. They’re not a pet for a busy person, and so if you don’t have a lot of time to spend with a dog then reconsider getting one. While it’s fine to have a full-time job and still own a dog, you’re not going to be able to raise a puppy this way. You either need to have a significant amount time off work, or make sure a family member is at home during the day until your pup has grown up and settled in. When they’re older, if you’re out for a lot of the day then you should be prepared to invest time in them when you get home. Take them out for walks regardless of how exhausted you are after work, and give them the play time and attention they need.




Providing you’re 100% ready for the commitment of owning a dog, you should go for it. Nothing will ever make you quite as happy as having your own fluffy little best friend.

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