An awful lot of people rush into buying or adopting a dog. Often these people end up regretting that decision.
It is all easy to find yourself in this position after all dogs are cute, especially puppies, so it is easy to get carried away and end up taking a dog home. Later when it dawns on you what a big responsibility owning a dog is, you can easily end up regretting that spur of a moment decision.
A lifelong commitment
It is important to bear in mind that when you buy or adopt a dog, you will be responsible for him or her for the rest of its life. That potentially means twenty years of looking after a pet that is 100% reliant on you for food, exercise and healthcare.
Potentially time consuming
Looking after your dog will take time. You need to bear in mind that your dog will need to be walked every day.
Even small dogs need to be exercised regularly. The bigger the dog is the more time you are likely to need spend exercising him or her. If you have health issues that would make this difficult, you may need to think about buying another type of pet. Although you could hire a dog walker to solve this problem.
Your dog also needs company. Leaving a dog alone all day can lead to distress, so if everyone in your family works owning a dog is probably not a good idea, unless you have access to a dog sitter to help you out.
Dogs cost money
The other thing you near to bear in mind is that owning a dog can be expensive. If you want your dog to be as healthy as possible, you need to feed it properly. A dog that is fed on scraps and the type of food we eat will eventually suffer serious health issues. Not feeding your dog properly will considerably shorten his or her life and cause a lot of unnecessary suffering.
Your dog will also rely on you for healthcare. From the start, your dog will need vaccinations and booster injections to protect it from the more common diseases. In some countries, that means four or five injections per year. Add to that the cost of neutering your dog, keeping their claws cut and other essential treatments and the bills soon add up. Buying pet insurance can help to keep the vet bills down, but most policies do not cover the day-to-day expenses that we have just mentioned.
Never rush into buying a dog
Therefore, the next time you see puppies for sale in Lancashire or somewhere like that don’t give into temptation and stop and buy one. Instead, stop take a moment to work out if you are ready to give a dog a home then go back and nab yourself one.
Buying a dog when you are ready and properly prepared will ensure that dog ownership is a joy for you rather than a bad move that you end up regretting for years to come.