3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a New Dog

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a New Dog

Dogs are amazing creatures, and many people enjoy having them as pets. If you're thinking about adding a new dog to your family, there are some things you need to ask yourself first. This article will help you figure out if you're ready for all the responsibilities that come with dog ownership. So if you're curious about whether or not a new dog is right for you, keep reading.

1. Can I afford a dog?

Dogs require a lot of care and attention, and they can be expensive, too. The average pet owner spends between $500 and $1,000 per year on their dog.

Start by considering the costs of food, vet care, dog toys, supplies, and other miscellaneous expenses, and don’t forget pet insurance. You’ll also need someone to dogsit when you go on vacation – that’s where lodging at Pampered Pet Inn comes in!

If the prices are looking a little high, there are a few things you can do to ease the financial burden without having to sacrifice your dream of pet ownership. For example, you might consider adopting an older dog from a shelter, which typically costs less than buying a puppy from a breeder.

Or, if you have room in your home, you could foster a dog for a local rescue organization. Fostering is a great way to provide love and care for a dog in need while also saving money, as long as you’re able to return them once they find a permanent owner.

2. Will I have enough time for a dog?

Most dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, with some more energetic breeds requiring up to an hour. This is in addition to feeding, grooming, and training time.

They also need plenty of time with their humans. If you work long hours away from home or travel frequently, it may not be possible for you to give a dog the attention and care it needs. Although some can be left alone for a little while, it’s not fair to leave a dog alone for long periods of time. Dogs are social creatures and can become anxious and bored without human attention, leading to bad behavior. They can also only hold their bladders for six to eight hours.

Doggie daycare is a great way to help them get the exercise, attention, and stimulation they need, but daycare can’t replace quality time with you.

3. What kind of dog do I want?

There are so many different breeds of dogs, it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. So it’s important to do your research and figure out which breed would best suit you and your lifestyle.

Some questions to ask:

  • Do you have enough space for the breed?
  • Do you have time to spend on regular grooming?
  • Do you want a dog who needs a lot of exercise and attention? Or would you be happy with a more chilled out pup?
  • Do you want a dog who likes to be around people? Are you looking for a dog who’ll guard your home?
  • Do you have young children? Helping to take care of a family pet can build deeper family bonds and provide comfort for children. But not all breeds are suited to families with children.

Whatever you decide, the most important thing is to do your research and make sure you're prepared to provide a loving home for your new furry friend.

Article provided by Colin Peirce Consulting.