Are You Ready for a Dog?

Dogs are a very big responsibility your dog could live up to 12 years some even longer 16 years.

Think ahead what will you be doing in 12 years time, will you still have the time to look after a dog and care for him/her in his old age or will you be busy studying for exams or wanting to go out with friends.

Please, think twice before you get a dog. You and your family should understand these things about living with a dog:

  • Some dogs get big.
  • Some dogs bark a lot.
  • When you walk a dog, you have to pick up the mess.
  • Dogs need a secure garden.
  • Dogs cannot be left on their own all day.
  • When you plan to go out for the day the dog has to be included in your plans.
  • Dogs can get sick and mess up the carpet.
  • Dogs can chew furniture.
  • Dogs shed hair.
  • Dogs get lonely when they are by themselves.
  • Dogs can chew your toys.
  • Dogs can get sick and cost a lot of money at the vet.
  • Dogs can be picky about their food.
  • Dogs jump on people.
  • Dirty dog dishes need to be washed.
  • Dogs need baths.
  • Dogs scratch, bite, and chew.
  • Dogs can’t always understand what you are saying.
  • Dogs can get fleas, worms, and ticks.
  • Dogs can run away.
  • Dogs can bother the neighbours.
  • Dogs need to go for walks.
  • Dogs need things like leashes, collars, and toys which cost money.
  • Dogs need a pet sitter or boarding when you want to go away.
  • Dogs need frequent brushing.
  • Dogs need exercise.
  • Friends or family might be allergic to dogs.
  • Dogs need obedience training.
  • Dogs drool on your hands and on your clothes.
  • Someday your dog will die.

You and your family should sit down and discuss these points of dog ownership.

If any of these things bother you or your family, maybe a dog is not the best pet for you.

Making the right decision now will help a dog live a happier, more comfortable life.

Your family might decide that this is not the best time to get a dog.

This is a good decision for a dog if you change your mind after getting a dog, or your family decides it wasn’t a good idea after all, it will be the dog who suffers.