Bringing a furry friend into your home is a big step that demands ample responsibility. Dogs are smart, loyal, and adorable creatures, but need to be looked after like a child. Every now and then, you will have to clean up after their mess and tolerate tantrums. They shall undoubtedly bring love and joy into your life, but they require your attention and affection in return. Taking in a rescue dog or adopting one from the shelter is a wonderful idea. The shelter occasionally houses pedigree dogs that are runaways or have been abandoned by their previous owner for some reason. Strays and mutts are equally lovely; in fact, they are usually healthier than many purebred dogs. Unlike ‘luxury’ dogs bred by humans, they were conceived by natural selection, thereby possessing stronger genes.
No matter what dog you choose as your future best friend, you are bound to make a connection with it at first sight. Be cautious around dogs that look frightened, anxious, or angry. If a dog bares its teeth or snaps at you, understand that it is feeling insecure or intimidated. It is best to keep your distance and avoid a bad dog bite case. Ask yourself the following questions before getting your first pooch:
Why do you want a Dog?
Human beings have certain expectations from a pet. While some simply crave a cuddle buddy, others want their dog to participate in various activities. Fitness enthusiasts and adventurers may want their furry friend to accompany them on a long walk or hike. Some individuals prefer a show dog that just sits around and looks pretty. You duly need to consider your needs before selecting your dog; it is not a toy that you can exchange or dispose off after some time. For example, a Chihuahua would be a terrible choice for someone who wants their pooch to run 5 miles with them every morning.
Are you in a good place financially?
Dogs may not be as expensive to support as actual children, but you will render several costs. Food, visits to the vet, health insurance, grooming, training, dog toys, etc. quickly add up to a considerable amount. If you are already struggling with money or burdened by debt, this may not be the right time to adopt a pup.
Does your partner/housemates support this decision?
Unless you live alone, you need approval of other people before bringing a dog home. If your partner is not on board with the idea or another family member has an allergy or phobia against dogs, there will be problems. Convince or acquire permission from people living with you before committing to this decision. You don’t want a pet that feels unloved or unwelcomed in its new home.
What does your future look like?
If you are someone who doesn’t stay in one place for long, a doggie might become extra baggage. One should get a dog after he/she has settled down in life. Constant travelling with a pet will be troublesome for both of you. Another reason to not get a dog is when you are facing challenges in an intimate relationship. If you think that an innocent animal will fix your relationship problems, then you are absolutely wrong. A pet may further complicate things; also, it will probably end up in a shelter after your strategy fails.
John Adams is a lifestyle blogger who loves sharing his personal opinions and experiences. He enjoys travelling for his love for nature and wildlife. Time spent at home with his pets is equally cherished, and they inspire a lot of his writing.