Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog
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 dogís unquestioned devotion and heartfelt
A dog quickly becomes a family member and as such it must be
able to fit in with the familyís lifestyle. If it 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 your responses.
When considering a
- If a puppy....
- do you know how big it
- do you have enough
room, both inside and outside, to meet its exercise needs?
- do you know how active
it will be?
- will its temperament
and personality fit your own?
- will it constantly need
- do you have the time to
train the puppy?
- is it easy to
- are you prepared to
forego other activities in order to tend to the pupís
- can you afford the
necessary vaccinations and visits to the veterinarian?
- If an adult.... the
- can you provide
sufficient daily exercise routines for the dog?
- do you have time to
spend taking care of the dogís emotional needs?
- are there special
- are there any health
problems that you should consider and be aware of?
- do you have a safe
place to keep the dog when you are not at home?
- will its coat require
special care and professional grooming?
Other thoughts that should
be considered are...
- Do not bring a dog
into your life if you are not prepared to...
- spend quality time with
- make personal
sacrifices in order to see to the dogís needs
- feed, groom and house
- be forgiving if it goes
to the bathroom where it should not
- deal with dog hair
- take it to training
classes, if necessary
- treat the dog as a
four-legged member of your family
- accept the
responsibilities of dog ownership
- Do bring a dog into
your life, if you want...
- a companion who asks no
questions, makes no judgements
- someone who loves you
regardless of who you are, what you do or how much money you
- have in the bank
- to come home to a
presence that immediately fills the room with love and devotion
- when you walk through
- to live a life that is
mindful while being minded, loving while being loved, and
- caring while being
In short, dogs are manís
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.