It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of having a puppy in your home, but there are many factors to consider before bringing a dog into your home.
Why do you want a dog?
Neighbor get robbed? Get an alarm.
Kids bugging you for a dog? The dog will become your job. (This is not a reason not to get a dog, but something to factor into your decision – do you mind caring for the dog?)
Lonely? Dogs are great companions, just know they are not four-legged humans.
Do you truly have time for a dog?
You have a full-time job, school, kids, etc. to worry about – do you have time to commit to a dog in the short-term? What about the long-term?
When you bring home a new puppy, you have a lot to do in order to train him/her. They need to be potty-trained first and foremost. Someone may need to come home during the day to take them out to potty. Would that work for you and your family? You also may need to train your dog to behave appropriately with other dogs, other individuals or even just in general.
If you’re retired or just enjoy traveling and do it often, how will a dog fit into that lifestyle? You most likely won’t be able to bring your dog along unless it’s something like a day trip to the beach. Do you have someone who can dog-sit consistently? Also, remember that your dog has feelings, too; they don’t like to be separated from their owners especially in new environments.
Do you have money for a dog?
Dogs cost money. There is no way around it. Between their food and vet appointments, the bills rack up fast. Plus, will you be buying them extra toys, leashes, dog beds, etc.? You already know you’ll spoil your new puppy throughout their life. Above all else, vet bills escalate quickly but are necessary to maintain a healthy dog.
Before you get a dog, make sure to think about all the factors.