Am I Ready to Own a Dog?
Let’s face it, who doesn’t want a cute and furry best friend to cuddle and play with all the time? It’s easy to let those puppy-dog eyes distract you from your once logical thinking and manipulate you into purchasing one on impulse. But resist the urge and self reflect, because owning a dog is an enormous commitment that you might just not be ready for.
Getting a dog when you are not ready for one can be detrimental to your life as well as theirs. People making hasty decisions without knowing what they are in for is the primary cause of dogs ending up in animal shelters.
Owning a dog is a 15+ year commitment that will change your entire lifestyle. When buying a puppy you must prepare yourself for the fact that your new pet is about to play a major role in all of the decisions and plans that you make in the future.
Before you decide that you are ready to own a dog, it is crucial that you take all of the following into consideration:
Are you ready for the financial commitment?
- Can you afford food?
- What about vet bills and pet insurance?
- Have you forgotten about grooming fees?
- Tending to training and behaviour problems isn’t always free either
- How about pet boarding costs when you go overseas?
- Pet supplies like a collar, ID tag, leash, bed, toys, treats and water bowls can add up
What type of living environment will you bring the dog into?
- Do you live in a house or an apartment?
- Can you tolerate toilet accidents and mess in your home?
- Is your fence and gate suitable enough to keep a dog safe?
- Do you have a secure fence around your pool or spa?
- Do you tend to a garden that could potentially get ruined?
- Are there any poisonous plants in or around your home?
Is your current lifestyle suitable for owning a dog?
- Do you have young children? Other pets?
- Is your home quiet and calm, lively and busy, or variable?
- Are you or anyone else in your family allergic to dogs?
- How much time do you spend at home?
- Will you have the time and patience to train your dog?
- Will there be someone to care for it when you are away?
- How much time do you have each day to walk your dog and making sure it gets enough exercise?
- Do you see your situation changing in the next 10-15 years?
Use our Dog Breed Selector to determine which breed is best suited to your home environment and lifestyle.
Considering each of the above points can be a great way to determine whether or not you are ready for a dog, and which breed of dog is right for you.