How To Know If You’re Ready For A Dog
How to know you’re ready for a dog? dogs are a lot of hard work and sometimes a little stressful, but they are also the biggest love bugs, and can fill your life with more love you ever expected, at the same time dogs can bring chaos, especially if you have children. Ask yourself these questions first before making the final decision, here are a couple questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have the time to train a puppy or a dog
When you bring home a dog or a puppy, first thing your need to do is set rules or it will never work and your dog or puppy will be like a wild wolf. So the top question you need to ask yourself is do you have the time to teach a dog or puppy potty training and safe interaction with your children and other pets and teach your new puppy that the new Ed Hardy purse isn’t a chew toy.
- Have you considered what kind of puppy or dog is the right fit
Do your research if you have children, other animals or if you are a veteran, look up a dog that would fit your lifestyle. If your looking for a puppy that fits a certain personality consider an adult dog from a shelter. Puppies can be a surprise they all have there own personalitys and can have behaviors your not aware of until they start to grow. An adult dog at a shelter already has there personality and you can tell if they are good with children, other pets and if he/she has any behavour proplems. You can ask the shelter about there history and how they are on a leash etc.
- Do you have room in your budget for a dog
One question to ask yourself to distinguish if you know if you’re ready for a dog, is do you have extra money for one. Puppies and adult dogs not only are a handful, but they can be a bit pricey. For example shots, spay or neutering, cleaning supplies, toys, food, beds and collars and in some cases emergency vet care. So make sure you have enough jingle in your pocket to be able to take care of a dog.
- Can you commit to having a dog for a decade
Some puppies have a lifespan up to 15 years unless you get an adult dog. A puppy is a longterm obligation. So you might be in court with your ex fighting over custody of your dog.
- Everyone else in your house is on board
Make sure you ask your family or roomates about getting a puppy, to figure out the responsabilies that everyone will be taking over. If you have children it could teach your kids responsibility. But remember you will be more responsabile than anyone else. Make sure you set the boundaries you will have for the puppy that everyone need to follow for example; not to let the puppy jump on the couch. It takes one person to allow the puppy to jump on the furnature to confuse the dog and months of training ruined.
- Does the place you live allow dogs
Most apartments and condominiums have strick rules on pets the can restrict certain breeds, sizes and weights. Some don’t even allow you to have a pet. So make sure before getting a puppy if your apartment allows you to so you don’t adopt a dog and have to take it back to the shelter. Depending on where you live there are certain laws that can ban different breeds of dogs in the area, so check your local laws.
Study up on everything about your pups breed so you can be more prepared. for example do certain breed have any allergy’s to any foods, toy recommendations and etc.. Learn as much as you can, because once you get your pup chaos will happen. But from personal experience its worth it. Lilly is the best thing that ever has happened to me and I wouldn’t trade her for anything.
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