Many people find themselves pining for a pooch companion. Yet, wanting a dog and being ready for one are two very different things. It’s important that you’re ready and know what you’re in for before you dive into such a big commitment like being a dog parent. Some people find themselves dog owners and realize they’re way over their heads.
As a result, there are thousands of dogs abandoned every year. In order to avoid making a mistake that you and the dog could end up suffering for, here are some of the signs to look for that indicate you’re actually ready to be a dog parent.
You Know The Costs
Something many people don’t realize is just how much dogs cost. If you’re doing your job right, dogs are a considerable expense throughout the course of the year. From vet visits to buying high-quality dog food, every part of providing a good life for your dog adds up. If you’re in a financial position to be able to take care of a dog, then that’s a good indication that you’re ready to start. If you can barely feed yourself on your current income, then it’s probably an indication that you should wait to get a dog until a later time.
You Know The Different Breeds
Not all dogs are created equally. You may find that some dog breeds are much more suited for you than others. Researching all the different breeds of dogs helps you determine whether the kind of dog you’re looking at would suit your lifestyle. Read all of the information that you can about caring for a certain dog breed, and talk to other owners of the same breed. Being prepared and as informed as possible will help you be the best possible dog parent you can be.
You Understand The Time Commitment
Many people get dogs thinking that they’re like cats. Cats can be left alone for long periods of time during the day and are fairly self-sufficient. Dogs are not the same at all. You need to make sure that you have the time to spend with your dog, from walking it to playing with them. Dogs are not solitary creatures and require love and attention to flourish. Make sure that you have the kind of time in your schedule that it takes to take care of your furry friend.
You Have Patience
Whether you adopt an older dog, or a younger one, it’s going to require some patience. Some dogs will require a lot of training to get them to do what you want them to do. From going to the bathroom in the right places, to staying away from certain areas of the house, dogs need owners that are willing to be patient with them— just like a parent.
If you read this list and still feel like you’re up for the job, then you just might be ready to be a dog owner!