Choosing to get a puppy is a big commitment, one that can span almost as long as it takes to raise a child. A family needs to be ready to love and commit to a dog as though it is one of their own before bringing home a cute cuddly puppy from the dog breeder on a whim. A lot of things need to be taken into consideration before going to the pet store and picking out the cutest puppy you can find.
First and foremost, who is going to take care of the dog? Who will feed it, walk it, pick up after it, and train it? Puppies need a lot of attention and discipline, especially when they are young, and someone needs to be able to work with the puppy on a regular basis to make sure it is being properly trained and disciplined. Puppies need lots of attention and even though they might need less constant attention as they get older, dogs still need to be fed, loved, walked, and cared for in general. Regular trips to the dog groomer are recommended, especially for certain breeds that have longer hair or trouble staying clean. Regular walking and exercising is an important part of any dog’s lifestyle, much like any person’s healthy lifestyle.
Dogs can live anywhere from twelve to eighteen or even twenty years, depending on the breed. It is important to be sure that you can care for a dog for a long time and that it will fit okay into your lifestyle before committing to such a long period of time. If you travel a lot, it might be necessary for the dog to go to day care and boarding on a regular basis, which can be quite expensive. Taking the dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups, vaccinations, teeth cleaning, and having it fixed are also pricey, so it is important to make sure you can afford all of the necessities before bringing home a dog as well.
Raising children comes with anxiety, lots of additional expenses, and a tremendous amount of responsibility. Dogs come with less of each of those items, but it cannot be stressed enough that they are a big responsibility and it is up to each owner to determine how much money they can afford to spend on a dog, what kind of breed fits their lifestyle, and whether they want to adopt a dog, get a dog from a breeder, or a pet store. Each of these factors makes a difference when making a final decision about a dog. Above all else, please make sure to do your best to determine the right dog for your lifestyle and make sure it is going to be properly cared for. If it is a very social breed and you will be leaving it alone for most of the day, consider getting it a companion. If it needs lots of exercise but you do not have time to run it or take it to the dog park, it might be time to consider a different type of dog.