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Getting a new dog can be both an exciting time and an uncertain one. You have this new living, breathing, chewing addition to your family and you aren’t sure what to do next. This article is meant to make your transition to pet parenthood easier than it could turn out to be if you jump in without knowing what to expect. Even with all the numerous benefits owning a dog brings to the pet parent, I am a firm believer that pets, especially dogs are not for everybody.




Deciding to own a dog is a decision that comes with a lot of benefits .

But,to ensure you fully enjoy these benefits it is important that you ask yourself a few questions as truthfully as possible.

1.Can I afford to care for this dog financially?  Apart from the upfront cost to buy a dog, recurrent expenses such as food, vet fees and vaccinations can become a burden if you are on a limited income. This is a question you might need to stew over for a while and make sure you can truthfully answer. I once lost a German Shepherd that I loved so much a few years back. Its a painful experience to lose a loved pet, and till now I still cant beat the feeling that if I had waited a little longer to solidify my finances , I might have been able to give Kevin a longer, happier life. 🙁

2.Can I make a lifelong commitment to a dog? A dog’s average life span is 12 years and 12 years is a long period of time. Would you be willing and able to travel with your pet if you are to move abroad forever? Will you be willing to raise kids while owning a dog. What will happen if you fall in love and Mr/Mrs Right turns out to be allergic to dogs?

3.Is my home big enough to house a dog?

4.Do I really want to exercise a dog every day or every other day? This is a question that can easily be answered by deciding the best breed of dog for you based on its energy level. But if you decide to get a medium – high energy breed, this is a question you should take some time to mull over. Dogs that don’t get regular exercises tend to develop a lot of destructive traits along the way to dissipate all that energy. Am sure you wont like your dog to decide at 1 am in the morning to bark itself to sleep.

5.Will there be someone at home for the dog? Dogs get lonely just like humans, they naturally live in packs, so companionship is important to them. If you cant have someone home all the time or you might be busy, consider getting two dogs instead.

6.Will I find time to train, groom and generally care for a dog? Even if you pay for professional training and grooming services for your dog, it is still important that you set out a little bit of time to train, groom a,d care for your dog. This is important to create a strong bond amongst other benefits.

If you answered ‘NO’ to any of the above, you should think again before getting a dog. Taking care of a dog is a beautiful experience and if its clear you’re not ready, I can assure you it would be well worth the wait.

If you have been able to answer ‘YES’ to all of the questions, here are some articles I recommend next on your reading list.


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