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What To Know Before Getting A Dog

Before you decide to purchase a dog, there are some things you should know. Owning a pet entails specific responsibilities and expenses. For example, you will have to provide food for your furry friend and toys, treats, grooming supplies, veterinary care, etc. At first glance, it may seem like a good idea to get your kids a dog, but before you do, make sure that everyone in the home is prepared and ready for such responsibility. If no one is willing to follow through with all of the responsibilities involved in pet ownership, it may be best to purchase or adopt an older pet who already has these skills mastered.

Puppies Vs Adult Dogs

When it comes to purchasing a new dog, there are two main options to choose from: a puppy or an adult dog. Each type has its pros and cons. If you get a puppy, you can teach them all of the necessary skills they’ll need while also teaching them how to interact with humans appropriately. However, this may not be the best option if you have small children or often aren’t home. You see, puppies need to go potty regularly, and many potty accidents happen in the house. Potty training can take some time, but it will probably pay off in the end if you’re dedicated.

Adopting An Older Dog

Another option to consider is adopting an older dog. While many think an adult pet will have many behavior problems, this is not always true. There are plenty of excellent dogs who were abandoned and then ended up in a rescue shelter. Many older dogs have abundant love to give, and they are waiting for the right family to come along.

Be A Responsible Pet Parent

Even if you purchase a puppy, everyone in your home must be willing to follow through with all of the responsibilities of pet parenthood; otherwise, the puppy may end up in a shelter. When potty training a dog, you have to take them outside frequently and be patient with their needs. 

Grooming Needs

Dogs and other pets require regular grooming. Dog owners will have to brush their canine’s coat every day because they can create mats and tangles in their hair, which may need scissors to cut them out. Then there is the whole bathing aspect of pets. 

Vet Bills

Another expense that you should be aware of is vet bills. Obtaining pet insurance may help to alleviate some of this cost. Still, not all companies offer such a service, and even if they do, it can be pretty expensive on top of what you would typically spend on your dog’s veterinary care. Knowing the costs associated with obtaining veterinary care is essential. If you cannot afford it, you may have to make the difficult decision of surrendering your pet, which would be unfair if your financial situation changes for the better.

The Commitment To Own A Pet

Owning a dog entails a serious commitment and lifelong obligation. As soon as you get a pet, there is no turning back. They are not disposable creatures that you can release in the wild. Some people may be better equipped to deal with the consequences of pet parenthood than others, so always keep this in mind before purchasing an animal.

Pet Care Supplies Needed

Before getting a dog, you need to have all the supplies required. The essential items are food and water dishes and a place to sleep, such as a dog bed or even their crate if they like enclosed spaces. However, it is a good idea to have a collar for your dog to wear if they get outside of your home. Of course, you will also need their leash and a brush or comb for grooming purposes.

Exercise Needs

If you decide to get a dog, you will need to take them on walks or allow them time to play in your backyard; otherwise, they may become highly destructive. This way, you can prepare yourself for any additional expenses that may arise because of their increased activity levels.

The Price Of Pet Ownership

The biggest drawback of owning an animal is the high price associated with their care. Depending on your financial situation, it may be best to set aside a certain amount of money each month to save for your pet. This way, if you cannot provide them with all of their needs at some point in time, you will have a backup plan. However, if you do not feel you can afford to care for a pet, it is probably best not to make the purchase.


If you decide to get a dog, you must be prepared for all of the additional costs of owning an animal, such as vet bills. Also, you must ensure that you have enough space in your home to accommodate a pet or that they will get along with any other pets you already have at home. Lastly, if your financial situation changes, make sure you have a backup plan for your pet because they are not disposable creatures.