If you find yourself dreaming of unconditional love and true companionship, you might be ready to become a dog owner. The rewards of owning a dog are endless and the unconditional love that you will receive is priceless.
Owning a dog is also a big responsibility and not to be taken lightly. Before deciding to become a dog owner, consider these factors: Lifestyle compatibility, emotional commitment, and financial responsibility.
Becoming a responsible dog owner depends mainly upon your lifestyle. Dogs require a lot of time and attention. The type of dog that you choose is one of the most important factors in becoming a dog owner because it can be heartbreaking on you and the dog if you make the wrong choice.
If you are athletic, consider choosing an athletic breed of dog or a puppy. If you are going to allow your dog into your house, or if you suffer from allergies, you might want to consider getting a low or non-shedding breed. If you have children or are considering having children, you might want to choose a breed of dog that has a good reputation for being around kids.
Committing yourself emotionally is essential to having a good relationship with your dog. Your new best friend is going to depend on you for everything, including food, shelter, good health, companionship, and most of all: love.
Owning a dog also entails expense. Dogs need to be seen by a veterinarian on a routine basis (normally once a year) for vaccinations and checkups. Other expenses to consider are spaying/neutering, flea and tick control, pet insurance, grooming needs, dog food, toys, and treats. Unforeseen medical conditions could arise as well, adding further expense.
If you feel that your lifestyle could accommodate a dog and you are emotionally and financially ready, then get ready to go shopping and have some fun! Items for your first shopping trip should include dog food and bowls, a dog house and/or dog bed, collar and leash, pet ID tag, and a few dog toys and treats. The emotional rewards of having a dog in your life are going to be wonderful.