Check This List Out Before Getting a Dog
If you’re looking to make a big change in your life, bigger than dyeing your hair platinum blonde but smaller than having a kid, you may end up deciding to adopt a dog. After all, dogs are man’s best friend! Before you make the final decision, make sure you’re in a good place to take care of another living creature. Here are some things to consider before heading to the shelter:
If you can’t consistently carve out time to play with your new pet, it might not be the best decision to adopt just yet. Playing, walking, and just spending quality time together is what makes the relationship between a dog and their owner special. Once you get to a point in your life when you can dedicate those hours to forging a relationship with a dog, then you should adopt.
- Where you’re living
A large dog with tons of energy is probably not the best fit for someone living in a small apartment and working all hours of the day. Try to find a dog that matches the space of where you live. If you can only dedicate an hour or so a day to walking your dog, consider a small dog who doesn’t need as much exercise. It’s unfair to a dog to be cooped up in a room all day when they want to be frolicking outside. That being said, WALK!ATX is a company that walks dogs when their owners are unable to. This is a great alternative, especially for people who have to downsize and have dogs that are used to larger homes and bigger backyards.
You might not be allergic to dogs, but that doesn’t mean your friends and family aren’t! Certain dogs, such as poodles, are thought to be hypoallergenic. This is a great option for someone who has to be considerate of roommates or other people who come into frequent contact with the dog.
While many animal shelters hold fairs and wave adoption fees, there are still a ton of hidden fees that add up when raising a dog. Dog food, shots, and pet insurance can all be pricey, not to mention replacing all the shoes that a puppy is probably going to chew up! Make sure you’re in a good place financially before adopting a dog. A good tip is to also save up a small emergency fund in case your dog gets injured or eats something that they shouldn’t- these accidents can get pricey, especially if your pet does not have insurance.
- The name
Okay, if you’ve considered all of the above and still decided to adopt a puppy, then I think it’s safe to say that the dog is in good hands. Make sure to give your new best friend a name that will stick. You could always stick with the classics, ex. Fido, Spots, Buddy, or try something new! No matter what name you go with, don’t forget the matching collar and food bowl.