In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month AND Sheba’s 8th birthday over the weekend (happy birthday, Sheebs!), I thought I’d discuss an important topic in dog ownership. The should I or shouldn’t I get one debate. Having a dog in your life offers SO many great benefits (like these) and is also pretty life-changing!
But there’s so much more that goes into dog ownership than most people realize. Here are the 3 most important questions to ask yourself before getting a dog.
1. Am I Financially Prepared to Own a Dog?
Owning a dog is EXPENSIVE. It’s easy to adopt one on a whim, but what happens after day one when you bring home a bag of food, treats, and a few toys? Well, frankly, a lot.
First, there’s the basic stuff. Which is essentially continued maintenance of those “day one” things like food, treats, and toys. Next is the standard medicine. You’ll need some kind of heart worm preventive as well as medicine or a collar to fight off common pests like ticks and fleas. And last, those lovely vet visits. Typically, these happen twice a year, but usually one visit will burn quite the hole in your pocket for things like annual vaccines and blood work.
2. Is My Lifestyle Conducive for a Dog?
If you’re feeling good about bringing a dog into your family with your financial situation, it’s time to evaluate your lifestyle. Dogs are one of the “needier” types of pets you can have. By this I mean they need to be let out (ideally walked) twice a day at a minimum and need you there to take care of them.
When you have a dog you have to plan your day(s) around them. For example, if you leave early in the morning, you have to make sure you’ll be back in time
3.Do I Have Enough Space for a Dog?
This question mostly rides on the size of the dog you’re looking to get, but nonetheless applies across the board. Obviously the bigger the dog, the more space you’ll need. Do you have a space in your home. you can dedicate to them for their crate or bed? A yard for them to run in? Will you (and anyone else that lives in your home) be able to live comfortably with a furry addition? All important things to think about!
Do you have a dog? What other things did you consider before making your decision to adopt one?