Before you get a dog,
there are several questions that must first be asked. This is because
all dogs have certain needs and requirements that will last for a
lifetime. A dog depends on its human owners for care, conditioning and
love. This dependency is rewarded many times over with the dog's
unquestioned devotion and heartfelt affection.
A dog quickly becomes a family member and as such it must be able to fit
in with the family's lifestyle.
is the wrong breed of dog, brought home for the wrong reason, and/or one
that fails to meet your expectations, then instead of the animal
becoming a beloved member of the family, it could become a burden and an
outcast. With careful consideration about the needs and requirements of
different breeds and thought as to how this pertains to your own
lifestyle, the end result will be four-legged loving companion that will
bring you much joy and happiness for years to come.
There are 147 different AKC recognized breeds of dogs. They come in many
shapes and sizes. Some breeds have long hair, others are short-haired;
some need lots of room to run, others just a small yard; some require
laps to sit in, others are more independent. Before bringing a dog home
to become a part of your family, you should ask yourself the following
questions and write down the answers. Then seek a dog that best meets
considering a dog....
know how big it will grow?
have enough room, both inside and outside, to meet its exercise
know how active it will be?
temperament and personality fit your own?
constantly need attention?
have the time to train the puppy?
easy to housebreak?
prepared to forego other activities in order to tend to the
afford the necessary vaccinations and visits to the
adult.... the above, plus....
provide sufficient daily exercise routines for the dog?
have time to spend taking care of the dog's emotional needs?
special dietary needs?
any health problems that you should consider and be aware of?
have a safe place to keep the dog when you are not at home?
coat require special care and professional grooming?
Other thoughts that should be considered are...
bring a dog into your life if you are not prepared to...
quality time with the dog
personal sacrifices in order to see to the dog's needs
feed, groom and house it properly
forgiving if it goes to the bathroom where it should not
to training classes, if necessary
dog as a four-legged member of your family
the responsibilities of dog ownership
Do bring a
dog into your life, if you want...
companion who asks no questions, makes no judgements
who loves you regardless of who you are, what you do or how much
home to a presence that immediately fills the room with love and
walk through the door
to live a
life that is mindful while being minded, loving while being
while being cared for
IIn short, dogs are
man's best friends and most faithful companions, but they do bring with
them responsibilities and obligations that must be considered by anyone
thinking about getting a dog.
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