There are many questions that will affect not only your decision about whether to get a dog or a puppy, but also what kind of dog to get, and whether it is from a shelter or a kennel. The most important question, however, is whether your current lifestyle will allow you to keep a dog, and if changes are necessary, are you ready to make them? Getting a dog will definitely change your life, but when you ask yourself the right questions before choosing your new pet, you can better judge whether a senior dog or a puppy is right for you.
So here are a few useful tips that we want to share with you that can help you consider before taking a dog 🙂
1. Make sure you have enough time for your new companion.
One of the most important questions to ask yourself is whether you have enough time to care for and train a puppy. Puppies require a lot of care and attention to make sure they don’t get hurt, to train them and help them become well-adjusted dogs. If you work fulltime, will you be out all day and will someone else be able to look after the dog during the day – training it when it’s small or taking it for walks and checking for water? If you travel often, will your dog come with you and what is your plan if he can’t come with you?
2. Make sure your home environment is safe for a dog.
There is no single type of environment that is right for a dog. You may live in a big city, in the countryside, in an apartment or in a house. Whatever the environment, the important thing is that it is safe for your pet. If you have a garden make sure it is secured, and if you don’t, make sure your dog will be able to go outside when he needs to.
3. Make sure you can afford a dog
It might sound strange but this is a crucial thing for many people who consider taking a dog. Think if you can financially afford to meet your dog’s needs, including pet insurance, food, vet costs and even grooming.
Adopting a dog can become a fulfilling and long-term relationship, and making sure your home and lifestyle meet your new dog’s health and safety needs will go a long way towards a successful and happy life together.