Owning a pet is a great joy for both parties. You get to enjoy a companion, and the dog can enjoy a home. Whether you want a dog as a companion or a working dog, you will want to make sure you are ready for this big step. A new member in the house will change your life for many years, and with the joy that comes with dog ownership comes much responsibility. Here are a few ways to know if you are ready for a pet dog.
Prepare for the Next 2 Decades
The average lifespan of a dog is between 10-13 years, but remember that this is the lifespan on average. Some pets can live to be much longer, and with proper care, your dog can live a long and happy life. In light of this timespan, you should include pet ownership in your vision for the next two decades in order to be fully prepared. In the next two decades, can you provide all the resources your pet will need?
What Changes Might You Expect?
The next step is to think about both what you might expect and what you might not expect. Expect the unexpected, and question whether you will be up to the task of caring for your dog through thick and thin. For example, will you expect to get married, have children, move far away, change careers, or travel a lot? Will a pet be able to be happy and well cared for given the changes or environment? Also, what will happen if you have a family member who is allergic to the pet, and what if the dog develops a special need?
Are You Willing to Commit?
Unexpected changes can happen at any time, such as a sudden illness or an accident. If the dog is your children’s pet, you might have to end up taking the bulk of the care responsibility when they grow up and move out. No matter what happens, you should be willing to take on the mantle to invest in your dog’s overall wellbeing. If not, it is best to refrain.
What Have You Learned from Previous Experience?
Perhaps you have already owned a pet that has passed on. Are you ready for a pet dog again? One sign of readiness is that you can look back and see how you could improve on different aspects of dog ownership. If you have learned from a past pet experience, then you are better equipped to care for a new one.
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