Ten Things You Should Know Before Getting A Dog.
So you want to own a dog for the first time? There are many things to take remember about owning a dog. It isn't easy. You also have to think is this breed right for me? You wouldn't want to own a German Shepherd while living in an Apartment with no backyard right?
Here are some things to take into account on owning a dog.
1. Dogs take up time and energy. They need plenty of exercise and care. A dog can be awesome to have but if you are in school or working all day then maybe it isn't best to get a dog.
2. If you aren't home most of the day maybe you can hire someone to walk your dog or get a dog that isn't needy. Check out PetMD's Breedopedia to see which dog would be best for your needs if you really want a dog.
3. Any dog you get should be suitable to your lifestyle and surroundings. As I mentioned above a large dog will not do well in a small apartment. The dog could gain some health issues and/or damage property.
4. Keep in mind about your region you live in especially if the dog will be outside in your yard if you have one.
5. Getting a puppy is more work than an adult dog. Puppies need to be trained, socialized, and potty trained. So working 20 hours a day will be hard to do those things. Puppies like to play also and can chew/tear up things. So if you really don't have time to take care of a puppy then maybe get an adult dog who is already housebroken.
6. If you do have time for a puppy and still want to get the puppy, then make sure to have chew toys and keep anything you don't want destroyed out of the way. This also goes for chemicals and medicines. Puppies like to investigate and try everything.
7. It costs money to own a dog. There's food, vet visits, bowls, shots, etc. It's like taking care of a kid but fuzzy.
8. Make sure to get the proper fitting collar/harness. Getting one too small can harm the dog. Even getting one too large can be harmful. What if he jumped the fence and it got caught on the edge. That will not end well for your dog and you. I cannot stress that. I know of a friend that had that happen to their dog.
9. I don't know much about health insurance for a dog. I hear it is a good thing to have. I have an insurance card that is for myself but my local vet accepts my card for my dog and cats. So it does help when I don't have the cash on me. So maybe do some research on what health insurance is best for your dog.
10. No matter what dog breed you get. Have fun and enjoy. A dog is the most loyal friend you can get and will always be there for you.