Have your children been pestering you for a puppy? Are you at your wit’s end with whines and moans from your little ones for you to add a dog to the family? Whatever you do, unless you’re sure that you can handle a dog, don’t cave. Don’t get me wrong, a dog can be a wonderful addition to your family if you’re ready for the commitment and cost that comes with it, that is.
You know that saying, ‘A dog’s for life, not just for Christmas’? Well, what it means is never rush into adopting a dog because they are a lifelong commitment. That’s why, before adding a puppy to your family, it’s crucial that you think the decision through. You should never say yes just because your kids are pestering you for one. Before you adopt a puppy, here are a few things to think about.
The Cost of Caring for Him
There’s not just the adoption cost to think about, but also the long-term cost of caring for your new family member. How much it will cost to take care of your dog will depend on various factors, including what size and breed he is. In general, the larger the dog, the more expensive he will be to care for.
To give you an idea of what costs come with having a dog, here are a few things that you’ll need to pay out for. Your new dog will need the following essentials; pet bowls, collar, leash, dog beds, toys, puppy crate, and toilet training mats. These things might be one-off costs, but there are also regular costs to think about. You’ll need to buy him high-quality food – the cheap stuff will only cause problems in later life. As well as regular flea and worming treatments, vet check, and vaccinations, and, of course, pet insurance.
So as you can see, adopting a dog does not come cheap. That’s why, before taking on the responsibility of a pet, you need to ensure that you can afford it.
The Attention He Will Need
Dogs are incredibly sociable creatures; they need a lot of love and social interaction. Think of dogs like small children, they need constant care and can’t do anything for themselves. Young dogs are especially needy, however, as they grow up, they won’t require as much attention. They will still need lots of love and affection, though.
It’s also important to realize that some breeds require more attention and interaction that others. That’s why, before adopting a dog, it’s important to research the best breed for your lifestyle. For instance, smaller dogs, like Basset Hounds, tend to do a lot better than larger dogs when left alone. So if you’re going to be out of the house a lot, one of these breeds could be ideal.
How Long He’ll Be With You
Dogs can live for anything from eight years to 18 years, depending on the breed. As a rule of thumb, the smaller the dog, the longer it lives for. Larger dogs, like Labradors and Alsatians, tend to have shorter life spans than Jack Russells and Beagles.
When adopting a dog, it’s important to think about the future. Ask yourself whether in five to ten years, you’ll still be in a position to take care of him. The answer to this should always be yes, even if your circumstances change.
Adopting a puppy is a big commitment, and it’s important to realize that. Before you go ahead and add a dog to your family, make sure to take note of the tips above.