If you decided it is time to include a dog in your life, there are some things you will probably have to consider. Dogs have many things in common with us. They have different personalities, they need medical care and daily attention and they have feelings and needs. It is important to match these principles with your routine. Have you have what it takes to take care of a dog?
Although any dog will make you spend money and time, the benefits of living with a dog are undeniable. You will have a loyal friend forever. Depending on your lifestyle, you may choose a quieter dog, a dog that requires a lot of training and exercise or a dog who enjoys to go to the beach or to the countryside. If you live on a small house, you will probably need to pick a small dog.
What dog is right for me?
If you are a workaholic, you should ponder if you have time to have a dog, to pet him and to take him to a walk. Different from cats, that are very independent animals, a dog requires more of your time. You must also bear in mind that an animal should be treated as a furry family member, which means that he will be on your life for several years. You must remember that an animal should be treated as a furry family member, which means that he will be on your life for several years. You must evaluate if there is space in your life to live with a dog.
There are many dogs waiting for a chance to be loved and to make someone happy. It is just a matter of paying attention to some details and you will make the right decision. There are millions of animals waiting for a family on kennels and shelters. If you go to one of these places to pick a dog, you are performing a good deed. You will save a life by doing that.
About you and your lifestyle:
As it has been said, the dog you choose will live several years with you, which requires that you organize your life and routines to have some time and space for your friend. Do you live in a small house? Well, you must probably pick a small and calm dog. If you take home a big and restless animal that you can’t take to the street to run, you may have some troubles with the furniture.
If you live in a big house and you have a garden, maybe you have a good space to provide to a big dog. If you like outdoor running and other activities that require exercise maybe you can pick a big and energetic animal. Do you have allergies? You may ask your physician if living with a dog may interfere on your wellbeing and if you are really decided to go on, maybe you should choose a dog that don’t shed a lot.
Are you lazy? Well, this is important because if you are going to choose a dog that requires a lot of exercise you will have to be always available to do (which can be good for both of you). Nevertheless, if you are not a person who enjoys exercise, it would be better to pick a dog that doesn’t need a lot of it – but remember that any dog needs to go for some little daily walks.
Keep in mind that you must think about all of these questions and see if you really can get a dog. It is an issue that requires a responsible decision.
About the dog:
Whether if your new friend is a purebred or a crossbreed, you must try to know everything you can about him before you take him home. You may search information on the internet or have a conversation with the people who are responsible for the dog. If the dog is still a puppy, try to find out if he is going to be big or small. If the dog is an adult, it is unlikely that he will grow much more.
If the dog is a purebred, it is easier to predict his future size and behaviour. But this also happen with mixed breeds (it is enough to know his ascendancy). But don’t be attached to the idea of a purebred dog, because every dog deserves a family, whether he is a purebred or not.
Purebred dogs are more likely to have health issues related to the genetic inheritance. For instance, a German Shepherd is more likely to suffer from hip dysplasia than a mixed bred dog.
As it has been said, remember to search for information before you take your friend home.
Puppies are restless and they need lots of training. Like people, who don’t tell right from wrong when they are born, dogs need training and discipline. It is probably that a puppy chew your furniture, shoes and other items. If you can’t teach your dog from the beginning, it would be better to pick an adult dog.
If you have kids, it is very important to pick a friendly dog. Sometimes, children are playing so enthusiastically they don’t understand that the dog doesn’t want to play. You must teach your kids to respect the animal. To avoid incidents, it is better to have a calm and friendly dog and always supervise the kids when they are playing with their new friend.
If you want a friend to stay with you on a rainy Sunday afternoon watching a movie, you must pick an older and calmer dog. If you want to play football with your kids and to include the dog in the game, it would be better to choose an energetic young adult. Keep in mind that any of these dogs need to go to the Veterinarian (which involves expenses) and time. You need to evaluate if you can have these (and other) expenses. Dogs get sick sometimes, and there are also other things like vaccination, neutering or routine visits to the Veterinarian. Besides, dogs need to eat a good quality food, which can be more or less expensive.
If you have analysed all of these points and you concluded that you really want to have a dog in your life, you are ready to go and pick a friend. Keep in mind that taking care of a dog requires responsibility. But it is undoubtedly a very rewarding life experience.