While taking on a pet is an exciting thought for many of us, not everyone realizes the tremendous amount of responsibility that comes with it. A dog might be a small part of your busy life, but for them, you’re their entire world.
If you plan to adopt a dog, there are some key factors that you need to consider to prepare yourself and your furry friend for this new phase. Dogs are incredibly loving creatures and tend to bond very quickly, so it’s not just a decision that you can go back on. It’s a commitment.
Here are some things worth knowing and considering before you adopt a dog:
1. Consider your living space and accommodation.
While adoption may not give you as many options as buying a dog from a pet store or breeder, you should still consider your dog’s breed, type, size, and needs with respect to your home. Is your apartment pet friendly? Will your dog have enough space to play outdoors? Will they need yard space? If you’re concerned about any of these, you should consider looking at breeds that fit your limitations. It wouldn’t be fair to you, your dog, or other tenants. Some dogs may also need more time to get used to this new home and environment, especially if they’re rescue dogs or previously owned.
1. Factor in the complete cost of raising a dog.
Pets are expensive, even if you adopt them. From food to vaccinations, to neutering, toys, and much more, the cost of raising a dog can be thousands of dollars a year, depending on the breed, size, and health, among other factors. You will have to think about all this when looking after a dog because they have important needs too.
2. There will have to be changes to your lifestyle.
Your home will need to be pet-proofed and your lifestyle too. No more heading straight to the gym after an 8-hour shift, going out for drinks without stopping home or leaving home for the weekend on a whim. Pets require care and supervision like you would with kids. So be mindful of that!
3. There is help available, and you should take it.
Don’t ever think twice about seeking help. Whether you ask friends to watch them for the weekend or put them in doggy day care, your dogs will have plenty of other people to love and care for them when you’re caught up. We offer dog boarding, care, and training in Chappell Hill and offer pet taxis too for when you want to save time on the road. Feel free to reach out to us to know more about our services!
But it truly is all worth it in the end. Adopting a dog is one of the best decisions anyone could ever make; unconditional love, unlimited cuddles, unbounded happiness. Who wouldn’t want that?