So, you love dogs, and you know that adopting is better than buying a new one. Youâ€™ve probably got the perfect image in your mind of how it will look and what a significant impact it will have on your familyâ€™s dynamic.
However, even though you may have convinced yourself that it will play out perfectly, itâ€™s vital that you have a realistic idea of all that it will require of you. When you add a dog into your life, itâ€™s not a temporary toy. A dog is a new family member and a big commitment.
Therefore, if youâ€™re thinking about welcoming a new dog into your house, make sure that you consider the following things first.
The Dogâ€™s History
Not all rescued dogs have the best history. They may have been victims of abuse or certain traits that wonâ€™t go well with your familyâ€™s dynamic. If you have younger children, itâ€™s especially important to ensure that the dog and child will fit well together. Getting bitten by a dog can be a serious injury, and even deadly.
It’s not fair to your child to put it in a potentially dangerous situation, nor is it fair to a dog who may have special requirements. While it may not be possible to know the entire history of a dog, the shelter should have a general idea of what kind of temperament they have. You should use your best judgment deciding how well the dog will fit into your family.
A lot of people donâ€™t realize how much dogs cost over time. Beyond their initial chipping and any vaccinations they require, theyâ€™ll need regular care and materials.
Dogs require vet visits, high-quality food, grooming tools, and toys. Is several thousand dollars a year something you can afford?
Dogs are a lot less independent than cats. They require hands-on attention and regular walks. If they arenâ€™t house-trained yet, theyâ€™ll also require a lot of visits outside for a pee or poop. Until they learn how to hold it in a little longer, you may find yourself having to take them out at as many as six times a day. Do you have that kind of time on your hands to care of their needs?
Be Honest With Yourself About Your Schedule First
Even though you may know a lot of friends who have successful adoption stories with their beloved pooch, itâ€™s not always so simple. It will take an enormous amount of dedication and patience to make sure that your dog acclimates to its new environment.
However, if youâ€™ve familiarized yourself with the hard work and commitment that it takes, and youâ€™re still feeling confident that you can do it, then go for it!