Are You Ready For A Dog?

Whether you are thinking about adopting a rescue or getting a puppy, there are many things to consider besides breed, color, and gender. The decision to get a dog should never be a snap one, after all, most dog breeds live between 12 and 20 years – that’s a long-term commitment. Here are some things to ask yourself before adding a lifelong friend to your home.

Why Do You Want A Dog?

Are you getting a dog just so your children will stop nagging you? If so, chances are that that dog won’t be at your house for long. If the whole family is not on board, wait. It’s better for you and the dog. Or maybe you want a dog for other reasons. Thinking about these things can help you choose the right dog for your household, which will help insure he sticks around.

Do You Have The Money?

It costs a lot of money to have a dog. Are you adopting because you can’t afford a purebred puppy? Well, that adopted dog is still going to add up to a lot of money between supplies, vet bills, registration, training classes, etc. According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the first year alone can add up to anywhere between $3,000 and $6,000 – not including unforeseen health problems! They estimate that lifetime expenses are around $25,000. And again, that’s not including things like emergency surgeries or long-term illness such as cancer.

Do You Have The Time?

Are you gone long hours and travel all the time? Do your friends think you’ve moved away? If so, you may not have time for a dog. They need attention every day, including, training, exercise, grooming, feeding and cleaning up after them.

Who Will Be Taking Care Of The Dog?

So maybe you are thinking you don’t have the time, but the kids can take care of the dog. THINK AGAIN. Your kids may swear up and down that they will take care of the dog, but we all know at the end of the day it will be you! Even if your kid’s do pitch in, you are still going to have to do things like take the dog to the vet, make sure your kids are taking care of the dog properly, etc. If you don’t want to do it, don’t get a dog.

What Will The Dog Do During The Day?

If all the adults in the house work, what will the dog be doing? Is your house dog-proof? Do you have a yard they will be in – is it dog-proof? Some breeds do not do well alone, which is something to consider when you are deciding on what type of breed to get – no one wants to deal with separation anxiety. If you are so busy you are rarely home, you may want to skip a dog and get a cat. They are much easier to leave home alone.

Are You Willing To Make Sacrifices?

Sometimes, your dog’s needs might come at an inopportune time. Are you willing to skip the family trip because the money needs to be used for your dog’s surgery? Are you willing to stay home from a vacation because you couldn’t find a pet sitter? Or maybe your dog gets sick at the last second and the

choice is to leave it at home sick or miss out on the concert you bought nonrefundable tickets for and go to the vet. It happens. Dogs are dependent on us and sometimes you need to make sacrifices for their wellbeing. If you aren’t ready for that, don’t get a dog.

Are You Prepared To Say Goodbye?

This might seem like a strange question, but for some people, this is it where it stops. They just can’t bear the thought of having to say goodbye to the dog who has become their best friend. If you aren’t able to cope with the fact that your best friend will leave this Earth before you, you may want to get a pet parrot or tortoise – these guys just might outlive you.

Here’s What to Do if You are Unsure About Getting a Dog!

Think you might be ready but are unsure? Get your dog fix by volunteering at a shelter, hanging out with friends’ dogs, or working at a dog boarding facility. Try fostering first. It allows you to “try out” owning a dog while helping homeless ones at the same time.

Having a dog is a wonderful thing. They add to our lives in ways only a dog can. But, do the dogs of this world a favor and only get one when you know you are 100% ready.

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10 Comments

  1. I have been retired for nearly 2 years so a lot of thought went into me getting a dog.I have always been keen on a rescue dog getting a puppy had not been in my thoughts at all.I wanted to save a life,get myself motivated to have a companion to walk with,to talk to and be my little 4 legged buddy.
    I got my little rescue Jack Russell approximately 2 months ago,she has allergies and thanks to you guys we do have that under control .
    Rosie is only left alone for short periods at a time.I just love my little girl she has changed my life for the better.
    I have been spreading the word about Stay Loyal and the dog food.
    Thank you

  2. Re: Are You Prepared To Say Goodbye? I agree completely with what has been said but by the same token I would not like to leave this earth without knowing that my best mate was going to be looked after in the manner to which he has grown accustomed. Food for thought?

    As for the rest of the article `Are You Ready For A Dog?’ I wholeheartedly agree.

    By the way, your food is wonderful. We now have two dogs and they both love it and that means so do I. Keep up the good work.

  3. I rescue al the Pre owned & loved show dogs from a friend, I desex them & teach them obedience & they stay with me till the pass over the rainbow bridge, then i get their ashes back so they are with me till i go then we will all be together again.

  4. I had wanted a dog for a long time and when my daughter brought her new puppy (Charlie) into her home (and regularly ours), I knew the timing was right. We decided on a rescue dog, and our Lilly is absolutely adorable and is best mates with Charlie. Initially she loved all people and all other dogs, but around 2 or 3, something happened and she has taken a dislike to most other dogs. In a nutshell, she is unpredictable and I can no longer take her anywhere near other dogs, for fear of an unprovoked attack. I have been to lots of training with her, but we simply cannot train this out of her and can no longer trust her. Thank goodness we love her so much , as she may have been put down by another owner. So the moral of this story is to be very sure of your desire to have a dog. They don’t always work out as planned and need lots of kindness and attention, with little reward. Of course, Lilly is wonderful with us and I wouldn’t give her up for quids!

  5. Like Shirley, I too am retired. Have been on my own for four years and during that time, have had thoughts of getting a dog. Having had three Boxers in my lifetime, I knew that was not the breed for me at my age.

    Unbeknown to me, my daughter was doing research as to the breed that would be most suited to me. I came home one day to find her visiting me with a puppy, a Cavoodle. My first thoughts were that I could not cope with a puppy but she assured me that there was an alternative for the puppy, with a friend of hers. Yes, after one week I was in love with Coco and we have a great life together.

    I have to say she does cost a fair bit, I have insurance to cover possible health problems but so far, hardly anything. She has the best food, Stay Loyal of course with chicken or fish.

    I would recommend a Cavoodle for families as long as not left alone for long periods. Highly intelligent, playful, loves company, talks more that barks and loves playtime.

  6. I think it’s a great idea to make people aware of what owning a dog entails. That might mean less abounded or mistreated dog’s. Thank you for everything.

  7. After losing two beautiful little beagles at ages 9 and 10 to cancer two years ago I find it hard to comprehend how people can treat their pets so badly, we would have given anything to have more time with our precious pets. We now have a young Labrador and Beagle and after turning to the Stay Loyal diet we are hoping they both have a long and healthy life.
    Stay Loyal has made their skin and coat lovely and soft and their weight is stable.
    Thank you for a great product.

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