There is no doubt that puppies are adorable. Any normal person who sees a cute puppy will instantly fall in love with it. Who could resist adopting such a gorgeous creature when they see it?
However, there are many things that you need to consider before adopting a dog. Dogs are not things that you can buy in the store when you like it and then you get rid of once you become bored with it and decide that you no longer wish to keep it.
It’s a living, breathing creature. Many people see a cute puppy in the store and just buy it impulsively. Later when they become bored, they just get rid of it in the street. This is the source of the problem why dog shelters are overcrowded.
Some people liken adopting a pet to the commitment of adopting a child or getting married and I totally agree. You need to commit to take care of the dog at least for as long as the dog’s lifetime which can range from 7 to 20 years (depending on the breed).
The following are some of the things that you need to consider before buying and adopting a dog:
The amount of time and energy that you can spare for your dog. Dogs require a lot of time energy to take care of. You can’t just play with them for an hour when you get home from work and then forget about it.
You have to feed them, walk them, train them etc. When you go on vacation, who’s going to take care of your dog? There was an extreme case of a man being eaten by his own dogs because he starved them for a couple of weeks on holiday.
The amount of money that you’re willing to spend for your dog. Owning a dog can be expensive. You need to feed your dog which you must buy. You also need to consider other expenses such as veterinarian bill, training, licenses, grooming, daycare, shelter for your dog etc. Dogs especially puppies also damage things. They chew on things and replacing these things can be costly.
Acceptance of your family members or people around you. Do your family members also love dogs? Will they help you take care of the dog while you are away? Some dogs can be a harm to small children or really old people. Dogs paws have nails that are sharp, not to mention when they bite.
Obviously when you’re single and live alone you don’t have to worry about these things, but who will take care of the dog when you’re gone? You also need to consider about your neighbors. Remember that dogs can be a nuisance when they bark. If you live in rented apartment or house, finding a landlord that accept pets can be difficult.
There are probably many other things that you need to consider that I have missed. The point is that you can’t just adopt a dog out of impulse. If you are not sure whether you can handle such a big commitment or responsiblity you can try dogsitting your neighbor’s dog or fostering dogs as a volunteer at the Humane Society for example to test the waters.
When you are sure that you want to adopt a pet then you can go ahead with your decision. You will be rewarded with the love and warmth of your dog which I think is worth all these responsibilities.