Is A Dog Really For You?

A dog is a living creature that requires attention, training, grooming, exercise and proper nutrition.

 

Are you capable and willing to devote your time/money and attention to a dog?

 

A dog is a long term commitment, depending on the breed it may live for as much as 16 or 17 years. Acquiring a dog should never be a spontaneous decision.

 

Is the dog for you or for someone else? If mainly for the children or another loved one, are you also looking forward to the companionship?

 

Are you trying to replace a dog from the past or find a clone of another? If so, can you accept a dog who is bound to be different?

 

Have you considered the cost associated with owning a dog? The cost of food, accessories (leads, collars, dishes, crates, etc.), veterinary expenses, training, boarding, grooming and licensing your dog with your City?

 

Will you enjoy caring for the dog when no one else can, or will you begrudge the time?

 

Are you gone from home long hours with no one to care for the dog? Do you hurry home from work, only to leave again most nights?

 

How tired are you when you come home from work?

 

Do you relax by taking a walk or playing a game, or would you rather snooze on the couch?

 

Are you a 'neat freak' about your home? Will you be upset at canine chaos?

 

Do you have the patience for house-breaking and training?

 

Will you still be a good neighbor when you get a dog?