Want to Own a Dog? Here's What to Expect

If you're thinking about getting a dog, it's important to know what you're getting yourself into. Dogs are a lot of work, and they require a lot of time and attention. In this blog post, we will discuss the responsibilities of owning a dog and what you can expect from the experience. We'll also provide some tips on how to care for your furry friend!

Want to Own a Dog? Here's What to Expect
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Getting a dog is a big responsibility

You will need to feed them, walk them, and provide them with plenty of love and attention. Dogs also require regular exercise, so you'll need to make time for walks or trips to the dog park. Additionally, you'll need to keep up with their vaccinations and routine vet check-ups. Most importantly, there is a lot of thinking and commitment that has to, or/and will be present. This can vary from having to decide on some very essential and emotional decisions like "Should I be putting my dog down tomorrow?" to the more lighthearted and superficial "What kind of dog food should I buy?". When you get a dog, you get a friend for life. More importantly, you get a family member. So, you should expect to have a rollercoaster of emotions and situations throughout the lifetime of your new pet.

Caring for a dog can be expensive

While the initial cost of adoption or purchase may not be too high, the ongoing costs of care can add up. You'll need to budget for food, toys, and other supplies. Veterinary bills can also be expensive, especially if your dog gets sick or injured. Dogs will also require regular grooming, which can add to the cost of care. Essentially, you should be prepared to spend at least $500 per year on your dog, and more if they have special needs. 

Expect commitment, from both sides

Again, the emotional cost of owning a dog should not be underestimated. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of your dog getting sick or injured, and you may also need to deal with separation anxiety or other behavioral issues. The commitment goes both ways, however. When you make the decision to get a dog, you're making a commitment to care for them for the rest of their life. This means regular walks, vet appointments, and plenty of belly rubs! Most importantly, there is no running away from that obligation, as you would have to do it daily.

Expect to laugh much more than you might imagine

If you've never owned a dog before, you might be surprised by how much they make you laugh. They're always doing something silly, and their antics will keep you entertained for hours on end. You'll also find yourself laughing at the things they do when they're not trying to be funny! In addition, you will most likely start filming/taking pictures of your dog to show off to anyone who will look.

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Be prepared for some potty training accidents

If you're getting a puppy, be prepared for some accidents while they learn to use the restroom. It's important to be patient during this process and to avoid punishment, as it can make the situation worse. Crate training can also be helpful in this case.  This is crucial if you are getting a puppy, as most likely they will not be able to hold it for very long. More importantly, puppies are learning everything about the world, so they do not quite have the instinct yet on where to go. This can make your job a lot harder, so you will need to arm yourself with patience.

Dogs can be a lot of work, but they're also a lot of fun

If you're prepared for the responsibilities of dog ownership, you'll be able to enjoy all the benefits that come with it! Dogs make great companions and can provide us with endless hours of entertainment. They can also offer us much-needed support and companionship during tough times. Generally speaking, they brighten up our lives and make us happier, so long as we are taking care of them properly. 

So, if you're considering getting a dog, be sure to do your research and expect a lot of work - but also a lot of fun! This is a companionship that will last for a decade, at minimum, if done properly. Hence, it is important that you go into this expecting a lot of joy, but also a great deal of responsibility. Dogs are family, after all. Make sure you are ready to go outside three times during the day, every single day, no matter the weather conditions. Then you will be well on your way to owning a dog! 

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