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6 Things You Should Know Before Getting A Dog (That Nobody Tells You About)

6 Things You Should Know Before Getting A Dog (That Nobody Tells You About)

Written By Amica Graber

Feb 9, 2017

If you treat your dog right, they’ll be the best friend you’ve ever had. It’s a bond that represents the best of friendship: loyal, loving, and protective.

For those who think dogs aren’t the same as human friends - you’re right. They’re better! After all, who wouldn’t like to look down and see this face staring back at you?

Or maybe this one, if your dog is hungry and you didn’t take the hint:

Everyone needs a BFF. And no friendship will ever be as #squadgoals as this:

Or this:

Hey, if you’re trying to find excuses NOT to adopt a dog, we’re not gonna give you any. But there is one teeny-tiny caveat. 

A dog will be a loyal companion -  if you treat them with the love and respect they deserve. If you don’t, you could end up with an unhappy pup with behavioral issues. You need to ensure that you’re ready for the responsibility, before you bring a pooch home.

But HOW do you know if you’re ready? Here are some things to consider before getting a dog. 

 

Where Am I Living?

Is your home pet friendly? Do you rent or own? Do you have a yard, or live in a high rise?

If you own your home, then you can pretty much do you what you want - just consider which breed might be the best fit for your environment. i.e. a husky isn’t going to do well in a small apartment.

For renters, it’s trickier. First you have to make sure your landlord allows pets, and then you need to consider how often you'll be moving in the next few years. A dog’s average life is 15 years - so that’s a big commitment! Make sure you’re in a position where you can afford to choose pet-friendly only rentals.

 

How Active Am I?

Don’t despair if you’re desperate for a pup - but you’re a total couch potato. Dogs can be great motivators to help you get active. Walking every day is a great way to shed some pounds, and bond with your mutt.

For those who loathe the outdoors - maybe consider a cat? I actually know someone who was a total couch potato until they adopted a husky, and together those two spent hours on hikes! My friend went from out-of-shape to outdoor enthusiast, and it was all thanks to Pippa the husky!

So just because you’re not a devout member of Crossfit, doesn’t mean you can’t be a great dog owner. Just make sure that you research the breed you want - and are prepared to put in the work! 

 

Is My SO Going To Be Okay With This?

Your life partner might have some qualms about you getting another life partner - especially if you don’t consult with them first! Make sure to discuss the addition of your new pet, rather than spring it on them at the last moment. That said: if you know your wife is dying to get a puppy, please surprise her with one, film it, and put it on YouTube so the whole world can share in your adorableness.

STOP.

 

Am I Financially Stable?

Can you afford the following:

•Vet bills


•Toys


•Food


•Bed, blankets, and all the doggy accessories


Write up a quick calculation of your monthly income, outgoing payments, and then figure out how a dog will fit into your expenses.

 

How Much Time Do I Have?

Don’t get a high maintenance breed that requires a lot of upkeep if you have a demanding schedule and limited time. If no one can be with your dog during the day, and you’ve chosen a breed that requires a lot of grooming - you’re probably going to find yourself with a very unhappy pet.

 

How Much Experience Do I Have With Dogs?

If you’ve never owned a dog before, don’t start with a Chow Chow - or other challenging breeds. Start out with an amiable breed first. The best dogs for first time owners are:

•Cavalier King Charles


•Golden Retrievers


•Labradors


•Papillons


•Pugs


 

Don’t forget to check the pound! Mixed breed dogs can be the most loving dogs out there. 

As we said before, the average lifespan of a dog is 15 years - so make sure that you’ve thought through every aspect of getting a pup before you make the trip to pick one up. When you’ve properly prepared and planned for becoming a fur-parent, then you’ll know that you’re ready for the responsibility. Yes having a pet can be hard work, but the reward of having a loving companion through thick and thin is priceless. 

Just because the dog of your dreams doesn't match your lifestyle doesn't mean you can't get a furry BFF. Why not take DogPack's Breed Selector Quiz to find your perfect match today?