You’re either a dog or a cat person (or in some rare cases, neither, but we’ll skip past that part). If you’re a dog lover, then there will be a time in your life when you’ve wondered if now is the time. But then you conclude it’s not, and put the dream on ice for a little while. But eventually, the call becomes too irresistible — you’re convinced that a furry friend is the final piece of the jigsaw that is your life, and vow to make it a reality. You’re convinced, but that doesn’t mean it’s time, necessarily. Below, we take a look at a few considerations that’ll make sure it really is the right decision.
Who Wants One?
If you have a family, then you’ll need to do something of a headcount, and figure out who wants a canine in the home. One mistake some parents make is getting one purely because their children won’t stop talking about dogs — it might make them quiet (well, it’ll be a different kind of noise), but you’ll just be exchanging one problem for another if you’re not fully on board yourself. If you are, then perhaps your partner isn’t. Everyone influential in the household (babies don’t get to vote…) must agree it’s the right thing to do.
Can You Afford It?
Like all good things in life, there’s a cost involved when it comes to getting a dog. While the expenses don’t have to be quite as high as some people think, they will eat into your budget. Before visiting a pound to meet and greet prospective new family members, make sure you’ve got a clear handle on your finances, and that you’ll be able to afford the costs of dog food, vaccines, surprise trips to the vet, and so on. It’ll only lead to complications further on down the line if you don’t.
Can You Give Them a Home?
You’ll be more than willing to welcome them into your family and your home, but if you’re not the property owner, you might not be able to. Because many property owners think that pets will cause damage to their homes, many refuse to allow them. So first, check with your landlord. If they say no, then know that you do have options. There are places that will accept pets. Indeed, finding an apartment with your furry friend is easier when you have access to reporting and data like this local study. You’ll have no issues bringing your pet into your home if your landlord is already happy to let you do so.
Time and Effort
We’re used to thinking of just the good times when it comes to our pets. The love, the sunny walks, the lazy afternoons on the couch. But there’s another side, too, and you have to be willing to face it head-on. You’ll need to put time and effort into training your pet dog, and go for walks even when you don’t want to. It’s part of the package!