Is A Dog Really For You?
|A dog is a living creature that requires
attention, training, grooming, exercise and proper
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Will you still be a good neighbor when you get a dog?|