Can you afford them?
Not many people stop to think about the money commitment it takes to raise and care for a dog. There are a lot of costs involved. Licensing, training, spaying and neutering, grooming, boarding when you travel, food, toys and vet visits. Do you have the necessary resources to afford all of these?
Unexpected Household Scenarios
Sometimes being a dog owner is not all puppy eyes and wagging tails. Don’t forget that your four-legged friend could attract fleas. They like to bite and chew things. They slobber. They could also get into something they are not supposed to and create a medical emergency for them or you. Are you ready to tackle anything that comes your way?
Renting a home or apartment
If you are a renter, you may not be able to have a dog where you live. Or they may charge pet rent as my place does. There is also the pet security deposit and paying for any damages upon move out.
Size of your Home
This is both the inside and outside of your home. Do you have a yard where they can run and play? Not only large dogs require room. Some smaller breeds, like Jack Russell’s are very high energy and require a lot of room inside the house. On the opposite spectrum, some large dog breeds are just big couch potatoes. Do yourself a favor and do your research on the breed before you adopt. Make sure they will fit your lifestyle.
There are other things to consider but I think we hit all the main ones. The most important thing is to be honest with yourself. Like I mentioned earlier, most of the dog’s in an animal shelter are there because someone couldn’t commit to them. For their sake, don’t make the same mistake.
Having a dog by your side is very rewarding but only if you are willing to love and care for it their entire life.