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7 Things You Need To Know Before Keeping A Dog

Updated on July 21, 2016
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When it comes to keeping a dog, it seems like a wonderful idea. Everyone loves to have a pet dog because dogs are just so adorable.

If you are planning to get a dog, there are a few things you need to understand and to find out.

Adopting a dog is easy, but taking care of a dog can be a long-term commitment to you as a dog owner.

On average, a dog can live up to 10 to 14 years. And you will have to consider a few things before you make the decision.

Here are 7 key factors you must know before getting yourself a dog…

1. Your purpose of getting a dog

Do you know why do you want to adopt a dog? If your answer is that having a dog at home is fun, then you may want to reconsider your decision.

You must be absolutely clear with why you want to keep a dog before you get one. Most dogs are living a bad life and live in boredom because their owners never really take care of them.

Never let this happen to you. You must be a responsible owner and do your job as the pack leader.

If you are trying to get a dog to keep your house safe, you will never want to spend time or commit to training your dog. As a result, you dog will develop behavioral problems and this is not good news for both you and your dog.

This is why you must understand what the purpose of having a dog is.

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2. Do you have enough space?

Keeping a dog requires a bigger space depending on where you stay. If you stay in a landed property, it should not be an issue because your dog can just run around outside the fenced area.

However, if you are staying in an apartment, things can be quite tough.

You will need to provide a space for your dog. For this, you can get a crate to work as her house. And you will need to bring your dog to outdoor parks regularly.

Some apartments do not allow pets, so make sure you check with the management before you make your decision.

By the way, you should also check if there is any park that allows a dog in your nearby area. You know that dogs are active and you cannot lock them inside the house forever.

You will have to bring them to parks or anywhere they can run around and let loose.

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3. Be prepared financially

Keeping a dog can be costly. There are some ‘hidden’ costs you may not discover until the surfaced.

For example, dog insurance, medical and health expenses. Plus, what if your dog destroys your house furniture? And if your house is a rented house and the furniture belongs to the landlord?

I have seen cases where the dog chewed the sofa and the dog owner has no choice but to replace a new sofa set. And that can be expensive.

Apart from that, you need to supply long-term dog foods to your dog. You can either cook by yourself or if you choose to buy in the market, be ready because it can be quite costly.

So always be ready financially. In fact, buying the dog can be expensive depending on its breed.

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4. Commitment towards your dog

This is one of the biggest factors most people underestimated. They thought that keeping a dog is as simple as feeding him. It is not.

What if your dog keeps barking for no reason? Or what if your dog can’t stop jumping on you or chewing on things? These are considered behavioral problems and to solve them, you need to train your dog.

Most people do not have much time to teach or train their dogs. This is why their dogs develop bad behavior and bark on people non-stop.

Not only that, you must consider scheduling your time to interact and play with your dog. There will be no more last-minute planning because you have a commitment there.

It will be challenging when you want to travel and there is no one to take care of your dog.

Do you have additional time to take care and play with your dog? Can you put in the commitment to train her to be obedient and listen to you? Can you walk your dog at least a few times a week? Or better yet, walk your dog every day?

These are some of the commitments and responsibilities you must be aware of.

5. Pets hygiene

Before you get a dog home, make sure you understand the importance of keeping your dog and your house clean.

This is especially true if you have any child at home or planning to have one. Do remember that your dog will be with you for a long time and things will change.

You may have additional family members like having babies. Therefore, it is very important to always keep your dog clean. Not only that, you must pay attention to her crate and the condition of your house too.

Make sure you bath your dog when necessary. Wash or change the soft cushion in the kennel and thoroughly clean the spot where she eliminates.

Use proper cleaning materials to get rid of bacteria and germs.

And if your dog has a thick coat, you must comb it to avoid entanglement. Some people are allergic to dogs, you may want to find out this one before bring your dog home.

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6. Changing lifestyle

It is different when you live alone and when you live with your lover. The same goes when you adopt a dog, your lifestyle will change.

You may not travel that much when you have a dog at home. And you will have to consider bringing your dog to exercise on a regular basis.

There will be changes in your daily life that you have to cope with. Some are good and some are bad.

You just need to learn to embrace the change and focus on the positive. For example, walking your dog and jogging together with her is a positive lifestyle change. It means that you will get healthy too.

Conversely, you may have to use your private time to take care of your dog. Your usual schedule may change and probably you will need to wake up earlier.

7. Your best companion

Yes, your dog can be your best companion if you treat her like your best companion as well.

Your dog will feel joyful when she sees you coming back even at late night. She will still come to you and shake her tails to welcome you home. This is why people love dogs.

Therefore, you must be willing to sacrifice your time and put in an effort to interact and train your dog.

You may have to cut down your leisure time. Probably you will have to watch less TV or stop frequent Facebook surfing. You will have to use your time to play with your dog and teach her the house rules.

Conclusion

If you think that keeping a dog is troublesome, I can tell you that it is. However, as long as you are committed and have the responsibility to take care of dogs, you will do just fine.

Always remember these 7 key takeaways before you go on to adopt a dog.

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