I think it is only logical to begin my blog with the very first and obvious question most people have, to get a pet or not? There are a lot of people who really want a pet, specifically a dog (or a pup), but don’t always realize what they are getting themselves involved in. Yes, the photos of pups, or others enjoying with their own dogs looks exciting, but it comes with a lot more work than the photos let on. So the first question is, are you prepared?
Now I can pretty much write a 20-page thesis on the various reasons that should be reason enough to not get a pet, but I think no one would read that. So lets start with some of the basic questions to some of the more difficult questions. Lets begin:
- You do know that this is at least a 12-year commitment?
Some of you may think I’m being silly by asking such an obvious question but just think for a moment where you want to be in 12 years, if that is a fairly similar to your lifestyle now then you’re good, if not, and you’re expecting big life changes, then don’t tie another life to this. There are exceptions of course, but you have a good enough conscience to decide that. So school/college kids, preferably refrain.
- Do you live alone and work full time?
If yes, I would suggest to not get a dog. Even if you have full time help (another article on this later), that poor dog sits waiting for you to get home every day where you spend all of 30 mins together and then another day of waiting. How is that fair? Don’t be selfish.
- If you are the primary caregiver, do you have a job where you can sit home for 2 days (minimum) if your dog is unwell?
If you aren’t flexible, then don’t get a dog. They have only you.
- Are you going to be relying on your family to help?
If yes, make sure they are on board before you get a dog. An unhappy family will make an unhappy dog.
- Do you have young kids (under 10)?
If yes, I would again suggest avoiding, because kids are anyway a full time job, then getting a pup would mean more work. An adult dog is an option if they have the right temperament and have the basic training, but it is still going to be additional work and care.
- You know that they require training?
This takes time and a lot of patience and sometimes despite training they pick up bad behaviors, which then require re-training. So you have to be up to doing that.
- You understand that like humans, they get old and sick?
Which pretty much means constant care and attention, not abandonment.
- Now the most important question of all, are you ready for all the love they will give you?
You may think that my questions were unnecessarily harsh, but when you visit any shelter, you’ll know exactly why I have asked these questions and the way I have asked them. Perfectly good and loving dogs are abandoned for far less than I have asked, for no fault of their own. For your own selfish desires don’t bring home a life that is 100% dependent on you and needs you to be on their side, always, no exceptions. In case your desire to be around dogs is high, but the ability to take care of them fully is low, then I’d suggest volunteer at a shelter, or go to a friends house who has a dog, or if you can provide care for a while at least you can always foster!
IF you have passed this super uncomfortable test and are ready to pick up your furry friend, then lets go to the next post.
Next blog post: Registered Breeders vs. Backyard Breeders vs. Rescue
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