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Puppies undeniably stormed the internet with their cuteness. After all, they do the most random stuff—chasing their tails or spinning in circles! All of these make you want to buy one for yourself.
But, much like having a baby, welcoming a puppy to your home is a big responsibility. It’s not something you could do on the spur of the moment. They are living things too. They need love, time, and a safe place to grow.
So, if you’re considering purchasing a puppy, here are the 5 questions you need to ask yourself before you enter this lifetime commitment.
Puppies are usually welcomed to their new home at 2-3 months old. At this age, they need someone who could fill the warmth of their mother—that’s you. And as they grow older, they’ll require more attention.
In other words, you have to be there for them. Now, dogs can live up to 10-13 years. That’s a decade of check-ups, feeding, walking, training, and playing. Can you see yourself being with them, caring for them in that period?
If the answer is yes, you’ve just established the foundation of your reasons for getting a dog. Otherwise, think again. Maybe there are still plans and things in life that you couldn’t compromise by owning a dog.
Once you’re ready to commit, the next question concerns the ones you’re living with. Are they with you in this decision?
Not all of us live alone or in a place that we fully own. Many stay with families or rent a small apartment. Hence, the decision to adopt a dog is not just ours to make.
What if your brother is allergic to dogs? What if your landowner hates barks? Plus, you still have to discuss among yourselves the chores related to the dog, such as feeding, grooming, and house cleaning.
Without settling these what-ifs, conflicts are bound to arise.
As energy-filled and curious creatures, dogs will try anything that picks their interest, such as tearing your couch. Sigh.
Therefore, it’ll be best to dog-proof your home first. Are your trash cans covered? Are chemicals placed on top shelves?
It has to have plenty of space too. Perhaps, a large yard or even a shed to house all your dogs supplies? If you don’t have one, you’ll have to make sure the dog gets enough time outside to make up for all the time cooped at home.
Although all dogs are adorable and dependent on their owners’ rearing style, some have energies that are difficult to match, especially if you prefer relaxing over running around the garden.
Hence, it’ll be in your best interest to first research dog breeds and their personalities.
If you answered the first four questions with an affirmative note, you’d have to face the last question on the practical side: Can you afford it?
The joy our pets give is priceless, but let’s be honest. Owning a dog is expensive. In fact, Australians spend about $3200 on their dogs yearly. Yep. my wallet’s crying with you.
This includes insurance, vaccinations, vet fees, toys, accessories, etc. Fortunately, stores like NALZO understand these costs and offer quality products at reasonable prices.
Your answer to these questions will determine your readiness as a fur parent. Hence, don’t rush things and ponder well. After all, purchasing a puppy is a life-changing moment for you and the hopeful pup.