Hi there friends! As the saying goes, a dog is Man’s best friend. No wonder it is the most commonly kept pet in the World. People from all races, royalty and commoners alike keep dogs as pets. But are you really ready, for what it takes to own one? Here’s 5 important things to consider before getting a dog. If you are considering or know anyone who is considering a dog as a pet, do share this article with them!!!
Owning a dog requires both time and financial commitment. The average lifespan of a dog is around 13 years, which is a fairly decent long time. It gives a person enough time to form great bonds with them and have wonderful memories and experiences. If you are getting a young pup, then do know that younger pups require a high level of commitment as they need to be fed 3 to 4 times daily. They must also be brought outside as soon as they are done so that they are able to be properly house trained. While at this stage you will likely meet with “accidents” at home, so be prepared for frequent cleanups. As the dogs age, there are also a host of other things to consider, like increased dietary and exercise activity needs during the teens, and healthcare when they get older.
2. Type of Breeds
There are at least 190 dog breeds in the World, and knowing which one is the perfect dog for you can mean hours of research. Alternatively, a good way to experience the different kinds of dog breeds is to visit or volunteer at the local dog shelter and see if there are any that call out to you. With that said, not all Chihuahuas are the same, as every single dog is a different living being, but knowing the general physical and behavioral characteristics of the breed will greatly improve the chances of finding the perfect dog that suits your lifestyle.
Another important factor to consider before bringing your little furry one home is to consider the environment it is going to be in. If you live in an apartment, large sized and active dogs would find it claustrophobic to live with you. The chances for them knocking things over will greatly increase. They will also tend to have heightened stress levels that may result in them having poorer health in general and some might even start biting on furniture to calm their nerves.
4. Access to a healthcare and supplies
If you live in an area where there isn’t a veterinarian around or is hundreds of miles away from food supplies, then you might think twice before bringing your new pup home. Having a vet nearby allows you to have peace of mind, and improves the life expectancy of your little friend, in case of emergency. Readily accessible food supplies is also a great plus point, so that you do not need to worry about over stocking on food.
5. Dog Care while you are travelling
Do you have someone reliable or a pet care center nearby? Because it might not be the best thing to leave your pets unattended at home while you are travelling across the states or abroad. You never know what mischief they might be up to, or the need for emergency services. At least having a solution available for you while travelling will ensure that your pet is well taken care of while giving you a peace of mind.
Ready to bring your new friend home?
So here are 5 things that you should consider before bringing home your very own dog. If you have carefully thought through these points, and are well prepared for it, then what are you waiting for? But as always, before heading out to purchase one, always consider adopting one first!
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