Bringing home a Puppy: Are You Ready?

Posted on 21 August 2015

Do dogs fascinate you? Are you ready to love an animal and spend some time with a furry buddy? Owning a dog is indeed a delightful experience, but a huge responsibility along with several lifestyle changes and financial considerations. They love unconditionally and will be there with you no matter what mood or situation you are in. In fact, research states that dogs can help alleviate stress and lower blood pressure too. Dogs come in different shapes and sizes and not all breeds are the same. So, weigh your options carefully and give it due consideration before you get one home.

Why do you want a dog?

Dogs need love, care, attention and most importantly your time. So, first prioritize as to why you are looking for a pooch. Are you looking for a fun playmate for the kids, someone who’d be around for walks, or someone who needs to safeguard the house? Owning a dog is all about loving and living with them and making the necessary changes that leave you and your furry friend happy and comfortable.

Do you already have dogs at home?

Bringing a new dog is based on how comfortable the pooch is at the shelter. If they get along with other dogs, they are bound to be comfortable at home too. However, if they are aggressive, the chances of being easygoing at home are rare. Also, are you ready to take on the additional responsibility of another dog? There will be an additional expense for food, treats, and snacks apart from the extra pet toys, training, medical emergencies, dog clothes, etc.

What about the financial commitment?

Bigger dogs will eat more as compared to smaller ones unless they have special dietary needs and requirements. So, can you meet the expenses of the care and upkeep of your pet? Are you ready to make an investment for the veterinary bills, grooming, and other pet supplies it may need? Cute looks come with a price too, right?

How much time do you spend away from home?

Be honest with yourself. This is extremely important for a dog because dogs crave love and attention just like us humans. If you are not home very often and cannot arrange for a pet sitter or walker you have a very unhappy pet on your hands.

How big is your space?

Different dogs have different needs and requirements. That little pup you spotted at the shelter may turn out to be huge and won’t like or be at ease with the current space you are in. Thus, rethink the breed if you feel the need to.

Be it a puppy, adult, or senior dog; you need to ensure you’re fully prepared for the responsibility, not just with the dog accessories, but even the little things such as your time.

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