Before Adopting a Dog: What to Consider

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. February 2, 2017
Before Adopting a Dog: What to Consider

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There is no doubt that dogs are great pets, loyal and lovable, but of course these are not reasons enough to decide to live with one. Many animals are currently in the situation of having been abandoned by their owners, who realize that the responsibility of caring for a dog exceeds their capabilities or expectations only too late.

A pet is a serious and important responsibility, and you need to be absolutely sure you can always care for them and cover all their needs before deciding to adopt one. If you are thinking about getting a dog, in this AnimalWised article we'll go over what to consider before adopting a dog. This way, you'll be able to give your new friend the healthy and happy life they deserve.

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Why do you want to adopt a dog?

This is the first question that you should consider before adopting a dog. Why do you want a pet? Animals are not things, but living beings that require love and attention.

If the answer to that question is "because everyone has one", "because my kids will not stop asking" or "because I'm lonely right now and want company", you should not adopt a dog without doing some deep thinking.

Any reason that does not come accompanied by a firm commitment to take responsibility for the dog's life is not valid, and only indicates that you are not ready to adopt an animal, so think about it very carefully.

Do you have time for a dog?

The question of time is fundamental before deciding to adopt a dog, as a dog will require you to take them out for a walk several times a day. You need to exercise your dog and run and play together every day.

Dogs also need training, medical care, affection, and hygiene and grooming routines to remain clean and healthy, including frequent brushing, fur and nail grooming, and baths. All this takes time and it is important to be clear about this before thinking about an adoption.

Before Adopting a Dog: What to Consider - Do you have time for a dog?

Do you have enough money?

Yes, dogs generate expenses much like any other living being. You must vaccinate the animal, take them for regular check-ups with the vet and take them to a specialist whenever they get sick.

Of course, you'll also have to buy them quality feed, toys to be entertained with, and walking accessories such as a collar, a leash and a muzzle. If you do not have the economic resources to assume these responsibilities, you should not adopt a dog.

Before Adopting a Dog: What to Consider - Do you have enough money?

Is your place ready for a dog?

Depending on the type of dog you want, you must make sure you have enough space. Large and giant breeds require plenty of space to live at ease and avoid anxiety, just as there are overly active dogs that will not be happy or healthy if living in an apartment. Before taking one in you must think about the size of the animal and whether they can adapt to your home.

Can you adapt your lifestyle to a pet?

This is essential before adopting a dog! If you are a sedentary person who does too little exercise you should not adopt a dog that needs a lot of physical activity to be healthy or they may become sick or feel sad because of the lack of exercise. You should think about more quiet and sedentary breeds that will better suit you or change your lifestyle completely.

You should also consider other aspects of the dog's temperament if you live with children or elderly people, for example:

Before Adopting a Dog: What to Consider - Can you adapt your lifestyle to a pet?

Are you responsible enough to care for a dog?

It is very clear that a dog requires attention, so you should think about whether you can assume this great responsibility. You must be willing to care for your dog and protect them throughout their life, give them attention and give the love necessary to live healthily and happily.

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