Could Your Family Be Ready For A Dog?
Having a family dog can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Here are some questions to consider when deciding whether your family is ready to take on the responsibility of a dog.
- Do you have time? Take into account whether your family is home in the evenings and most weekends. Walking, training and playing with them all require a great deal of time.
- Would a puppy or adult dog fit into your family better? This goes along the same lines with time. Puppies are a lot of hard work and require much attention. Assess whether an adult dog would mesh better with your current lifestyle.
- Are your children old enough to help out? Having a pet can be a great way to teach children responsibility. Make a list of the weekly chores that involve the dog and have your children help out.
- Can you afford a dog? Annual vaccinations, food, and flea and tick medication can add up. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average cost of a dog over its lifetime ranges from $12,000 to $23,000.
- Are you patient enough? Housebreaking and training a dog does not happen overnight. Devoting time and energy to an animal is something you should decide if you have the time and patience for.
- Do you have enough space for a dog? A very large, energetic dog might not do well in an apartment or small house. Do you have a yard? Research which breeds will compliment your current living situation.
- Will you adopt a dog or buy a dog from a breeder? Adopting a rescue dog can do so much good. However, a breeder is generally very knowledgeable about the breed and would provide you with genetic background of your animal.
There are many things to consider, but it doesn’t get much better than coming home to the unconditional love of an animal.