Things You Should Think About Before Adopting A Dog.
Having a dog is a lifetime commitment. Or at least a commitment you should keep as long as your dog lives. When you adopt a dog, he comes as a family member rather than a toy, whether you are in the mood to take good care of it or not.
A few pet parents leave their dogs tied to their chains unattended, day in, day out. Imagine how bored you would be if you have nothing to do, nowhere to go, every day, for the rest of your life. It isn’t fun. It’s not fun particularly for pets who love to run around, play around, and have fun.
Before adopting a dog, there are plenty of things you should think about. These ensure that your dog’s life with you is a pleasurable experience.
Are you committed to taking care of a dog?
Many people who adopt dogs do so just because they woke up one day wanting to have a pet. That’s irresponsible, not to mention very selfish. Dog adoption is not something you can decide overnight. It needs thorough thinking.
If you are considering adopting a dog, it is highly advisable to first think it through. Don’t decide yet. Analyse first all the things that need to be considered before going to an animal shelter. In fact, talk yourself out of it and see if that changes your opinion. Remember, dog adoption is not something you can take very lightly. It is a major decision as it does not only affect you or your family, it affects the life of the dog you are about to bring home.
Is it the best time for you to adopt a dog?
Maybe you are a die-hard dog lover. Maybe you are committed to giving a good life to a dog. But, is it really the best time for you to be adopting a dog?
In general, people are discouraged from adopting a dog if they are going through some major life events. These include getting married, changing job situations, pregnancy, moving to another place, rocky relationship, financial concerns, new limits on leisure time, disagreement within the family, sickness, death, and other concerns.
If you are undergoing or anticipating to undergo these tough situations, it will be better that you don’t adopt a dog yet. Many dogs have been surrendered to animal shelters because their old families didn’t have the time to take care of them or the leisure to pay them some attention.
Dogs need ample attention during their first few weeks of stay at your home. So if you don’t think you can give a dog that, it is best that you delay your decision for a time.
Are you ready for a new financial obligation?
Adopting a dog has its costs. Taking care of a dog adds additional financial responsibility. You will have to shell out bucks to pay for the dog, for spaying or neutering surgery, for the initial obedience and socialisation classes, and for the initial shots of vaccines. Then you will have to pay for ongoing expenses like food and treats, licensing costs, grooming, travel costs, regular vet checkups on top of paying for its health maintenance.