There is, as we all know, a great deal to love about having a pet dog. If someone asked you to highlight all of the benefits that they can bring to your life, well, you’d be there for a while — there’s just too many! However, while many people are eager to think about the positive points of canine-ownership, we can’t pretend that every aspect of having a pet dog is positive. There are annoying and complicated aspects of having a pet, too. Of course, on balance, it’s all worth it — but if you’re thinking about getting a dog, then it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself in for. If you already have a dog, then you may want to know how to make things easier, or just appreciate that there are others out there experiencing the same problems as you.
In this blog, we’ll run through some of the common downsides of having a dog, and also offer some advice on how you can minimize the impact.
Everyone knows that there are going to be costs attached to getting a dog. And actually, the basic costs aren’t that bad — indeed, they’re entirely manageable for most people. They’re not the issue. The problem is when there’s a high, unexpected cost. If you have to take your dog to see the vet, and you don’t have pet insurance, then you could find that you’re left with a big bill that wipes out your bank balance. There are two solutions to this issue; one useful, one not so useful. The less useful solution is to reduce the likelihood of your dog having to see a vet for a complicated issue (as we said: not useful). The useful piece of advice is to create a “rainy day dog fund,” a lump sum of money that can be used for those big, unexpected expenses — or you can get pet insurance.
The Disturbed Nights
It’s so much easier to enjoy life when you’ve had a full night of rest. Alas, sometimes the period when your dog seems to enjoy life the most is during the night. Darn! You might be peacefully away in the land of Nod, but then you’re interrupted by a crash in the kitchen…who could that be? Of course, it’s your pet. There will be times when you can’t help it, and your dog just seems to be up in the middle of the night. However, there are things you can do that’ll reduce the likelihood of it happening. Taking your dog for a long walk will tire him or her out (and also you too…). You can also look at some of the many natural “calming” products for dogs, which will put them in the right headspace to unwind.
Saying No To Social Events
There’ll be times when your dog adds to your social life. There’s something to be said for the many friends you can meet when you’re out on your walks, after all. But it’s also true that there’ll be times when you have to turn down social invitations unless you can take your dog with you, that is. You’re not able to leave your canine alone for too many hours at one time. Even if you are “allowed” to take your dog with you to the event, you might not want to — it could be too stressful. If there’s an event that you really want to attend, however, then you can hire a dog sitter for a few hours.
Some people say that having a dog is like having a baby, and in many ways, they’re correct. They certainly seem to share a few traits in common — perhaps the most obvious one is that they don’t know how to use the bathroom. If you’re going to bring a dog into your home, then you’ll have to accept that you’re going to walk into a stained carpet or pee-filled floor from time to time, especially in the early days. This is unavoidable, in large part, because your pet won’t know any better. It’s something that can be coached away, however. With a little bit of training, you’ll find that they’re holding onto their pee until they’re able to get outside.
The Yard Factor
It’s not just the inside of your house that may be affected by the presence of a dog. Your yard could also fall victim to some issues, which will greatly compromise the aesthetic qualities of your exterior space and just in general make it less comfortable and enjoyable. There are two main problems in the yards of people who have dogs: the digging and the pooping. Taking your dog on long walks will help with both these issues. For the additional poop in your yard, you can work with a company that offers a pooper scooper service — they’ll make sure that your pet’s waste doesn’t impact the enjoyment of your yard. For the digging problem, be sure to fill your yard with toys. Your dog won’t think about digging when there are so many exciting things to keep their mind and body occupied.
Your Friends Might Be Afraid
When you think about getting a pet dog, you’ll envision taking it with you on walks, wherever you go. Long trips in the outdoors with your friends by your side? Sign us up. However, while you’ll love dogs enough to get one, it’s also possible that some of your friends — and family members — may be a little afraid. Our connection with dogs stems from how we interacted with them when we were young. If a friend had a bad experience when they were younger, then it’ll be only natural that they’re a little cautious. There’s not much you can do about this, other than to make sure that your dog is well-behaved around your friends! You could consider making suggestions that’ll help your friend get over their fear, though — hypnosis has been shown to be effective in this regard. If they’re not afraid, just indifferent towards dogs, then your dog may be the lovable pooch that gets them to change their mind.
In an ideal world, your dog will be a social creature that loves nothing more than to run around the dog park, getting to know other canines. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, dogs can be aggressive towards other dogs, and that can be a problem. If you sense that your pet has some issues with other dogs, then work with a professional. It could be that your dog’s behavior just needs correcting slightly. Alas, if it’s more complicated than that, then you may have to avoid other dogs.
Travel Becomes More Difficult
If you’re one of those people that loves nothing more than packing a bag and going on an adventure, then you will have to accept that having a dog will make it more difficult. Your days of jumping on last-minute flights and figuring out your plans when you land may well be over. However, it’d be wrong to say that having a dog means that you can’t travel. You absolutely can. It’s just that it may be a little different from how you normally do things. Instead of flying, you can travel by car — this is not a poor substitute. Indeed, in many ways, it’s even more fun. If you do want to travel overseas and you can’t take your dog with you, then there are professional services that will look after your dog for you while you’re away.