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I think you are either an animal lover or not, and by that I mean one that wants to surround themselves with furry friends or someone who doesn’t have the time or the energy for them. Each to their own. We have dogs, and I think they can add real value or the family environment in many different ways. It can certainly be a big decision to make though. Just as you would consider starting a family and having children, you are essentially adding to your family, even when it comes to a pet, so you need to ensure that you are making the decision carefully and you are well informed of everything that goes along with the territory. I wanted to share with you some of the things to consider that could help you decide on whether dog ownership is for you.
What type of dog would you like?
One of the first things to decide would be the type of dog you want to get. There may be a lot of factors affecting the decision to make. Firstly, you might want to decide if you’re going to get a particular dog breed, and often people look into getting a dog dna test to ensure they can know for sure what and whether the dog is specific breed. Websites like https://www.certapet.com/dog-dna-test-brands/ have much more information on the type of things to consider. You might also want to take into account the size of the dog as well, and this could be a big factor because of the size of your home, where you live and how much space you have. Finally, deciding on where you get your dog from may also be another thing to think about. Such as obtaining a dog from a breeder or whether you choose to rehome a dog that is still looking for their forever home.
Do you have space?
On the subject of space, you may want to think carefully about where your dog might sleep and what sort of room you have for them. Our dogs have their own room, but this is because it suits our family and our home to do that. You don’t need to be able to give your dog their own room, but you certainly need to ensure that there is a space for them. This might be a bed in the corner somewhere, or an allocate space in a living area. Think about what would suit best, for example, being close to a door for access to the garden, to avoid any muddy paw prints all over your home.
What about everything that the dog needs?
Another nothing to think about would be the amount of things your dog will need. You need a place for them to sleep, so this could include the purchase of a dog bed, blankets or cushions for your dog. They will need feeding bowls such as a food and water bowl so that they can have access to it easily. They will need dog food, perhaps specific types if they have dietary requirements or you need to ensure they are getting particular vitamins or nutrients. There is the purchase of a dog lead and collar, the bills to consider from the vet for things like microchipping and even smaller things like a dog brush or dog shampoo. Knowing what you need can help to budget accordingly.
Could a dog change your lifestyle?
The truth of the matter is that a dog will change your lifestyle in some way. The obvious one to think about would be the increase in activity from your part. A dog will need regular exercise each day, and so you will be walking the dog every day. The increase in the amount of exercise you are taking is only going to increase your fitness levels over time, your energy levels and even improve your mood. Exercise is commonly linked to things like stress and anxiety and can be a big reliever to some of the common symptoms.
Will there be any financial implications?
Finally, will there be any financial implications to consider? The answer will be yes. A dog will take up more of your family budget, the regular purchase of food is a prime example. You will need to ensure that your family budget can handle it so that you are prepared to make the commitment. Websites like https://www.thebalance.com/ can help you come to a budget with your finances.
I hope that this helps you to decide on whether dog ownership is right for you and your family.