The term “adoption” is not to be taken lightly if you thinking about getting a pet and especially if it’s a dog that we are talking about. Taking a puppy in is by no means much different from adopting a human child and, therefore, it is a big decision that will likely affect the lives of everyone in your family, including the dog. On that note, go through the following points to understand whether you really are ready to adopt a dog, or if you have no idea what you are getting into.
Puppies Need (a Lot of) Attention
Just like a newborn or a small child needs a lot of attention, so does a puppy, and just like a newborn, they will poop and pee everywhere. It takes some time to toilet train them, and until then, you will have to clean up after your pooch quite often. In addition to that, the puppy will need your love and attention on a continuous basis, both from an emotional and a practical perspective. Everything from the feeding, cleaning, and bathing to playing and petting needs to be done by you or someone else who can take up the job while you are not there. However, dogs grow up pretty fast and, therefore, this situation will get better and your dog will grow a bit more independent with each passing week.
Keeping a Dog is Not Cheap
A lot of people do not consider the economic aspects of adopting a dog and that’s a huge mistake. All dogs, and especially the large ones, require upkeep. In some unfortunate cases, the costs can become too great for people to maintain. Aside from the feeding, bathing, and grooming, they also require regular vaccinations and visits to the vet. If your pet is unfortunate enough to develop medical conditions down the line, those expenses will increase significantly because veterinary bills are quite hefty in the United States. The last thing you would want is for your bundle of joy to be unhappy or sick, so do keep the economic factor in mind.
Do You Have Allergies?
A great number of people are allergic to dog fur, so do make sure that you or anyone in your home isn’t one of those people because it just won’t work otherwise.
The Right Dog
There are so many canine species out there and while most of them make good pets, you need to select a species that is right for your living conditions. For example, don’t buy a giant dog like a Great Dane or English Mastiff if you live in a small apartment. Opt for a Boston terrier or a Basenji instead because they have no problem living with humans in a small space. If you are living alone and your only concern is time, you should consider opening your doors to senior dogs. They hardly require any training, they are more than capable of staying alone for long periods of time, and they usually lack the overenthusiastic and somewhat destructive tendencies common in younger dogs.
There is nothing that can replace a dog’s love for its human family. Hard work as it may be initially, the trouble is well worth it.