Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world – and for good reason. When you take on a dog, you get a companion for the entirety of the pooch’s life. They can be loving, make you smile, make you laugh and keep you company. But you do need to make sure that this is the right decision for you before diving in the deep end and bringing a pooch home with you. Remember that dogs are living, sentient beings with needs that you’ll need to meet. You’ll be entirely responsible for providing them with a good quality of life. So, what should you consider before getting a dog? Here are some suggestions that should help you to come to the right decision.

Determining if a Dog Is Right for You

The first step you need to take on this journey is to determine whether a dog is right for you and whether you’re right for a dog. You need your lifestyle to match a dog’s needs and you also need to be prepared for challenges that having a pet dog can bring. Most dogs can live between 12 and 20 years, so you need to be absolutely sure you’re ready for a dog before getting one. Here are a few important questions that you should ask yourself before committing.

  • Do you have the time? –  some dog breeds are more independent, some are more needy. Whatever dog you choose, you’re still going to need to dedicate a lot of time to your pooch, meeting their needs and guaranteeing their quality of life. Every dog will need to be walked daily – some longer than others. You will also need to spend quality time with, playing and generally bonding. A dog is for life and you need to be able to commit to this.
  • The price – getting a dog will cost you a lot more than the cost of buying a dog. You will need to cater to them for the duration of their life. This means paying monthly or annually for pet insurance, having money available to pay for emergency veterinary visits, dog food, dog treats, dog toys. You will also need to provide a bed, a harness, collar, name tag, leash.  toys, grooming, harnesses, leads and much more. If you have a dog that requires grooming, you will also need to consider routine grooming costs.
  • Challenges – you never know if the dog you have will develop behaviours or conditions that require extra care and attention. You may find that you have a nervous dog who requires extra care and cbd for dogs. You might find you have a dog with digestive issues or allergies who requires specialist food. Your dog may develop conditions like diabetes that require regular injections. You need to make sure you’re happy to stick with a dog regardless through challenges.
  • Space – do you have room for a dog? Your dog will need room in your home, as well as a garden to play in.

Choosing a Breed

There are countless breeds of dog out there. Each will have an individual personality, but many breeds have shared traits that have been bred into the dog over centuries. After all, most dogs were bred for different purposes, so those that displayed certain skills or traits were selectively bred to create the pooches we have today. You need to make sure that you’re not only choosing a dog for how it looks. You need to make sure that its traits suit your lifestyle and that you can provide for that breed too! Some dogs will be highly active and need a lot of exercise and to spend a lot of time outdoors with you. Some are highly intelligent and need to be kept occupied and entertained. Some are companion pets, so will need a lot of quality time with you. Some are security dogs and will bark a lot when people pass by. Make sure to fully research any breed you’re interested in before deciding to take a dog on.

Consider Adoption

There are so many dogs out there who need loving homes. You don’t need to necessarily go to a breeder and buy a puppy to have a dog. Instead, you can take on a dog who is already out there and looking for an owner. Adoption centres will be able to show you a host of dogs and will be able to tell you whether they will be a challenge to take on or not and can alert you to their preferences and individual needs.

These steps should all help you to make the right decision when it comes to choosing whether to get a dog or not!