One can never be fully ready or prepared when they are trying to adopt a dog. But if nothing else, you can at least do as much research as you can. Here on the blog, we've got some things you may want to keep in mind if you've never had a dog before.
Have you thought about all the costs that come with owning a dog? According to the ASPCA, the annual cost of a dog can be anywhere from $400-$800 depending on the size and breed. That's not even taking into consideration emergency vet visits. Woof!
What is your day-to-day life like? Are you a good manager of your time. Do you have a calm and balanced life? Are you a person who enjoys being energetic? Be honest with yourself because getting a dog means committing to not just the needs and wants of your furry friend but also changing your lifestyle to better suite the needs of your dog.
Yup, it's true. Dogs have unique personalities and sometimes there is a lot of training required. To help your dog better navigate the world, you'll need to actively train them, everyday. For life. Be prepared.
This sounds a lot more awful than it really is, but overnight travel plans, weekend getaways, and other trips will need to be carefully thought out with your dog in mind. This doesn't mean it can't happen, but it means that you just can't leave on a moment's notice anymore. Always remember, your dog is entirely dependent on you.
Remember to keep in mind that although you met your friend's dog who was really amazing, liked people, and had an easy-going energy level doesn't mean that your potential dog will be the same. Keep in mind that no two dogs are the same, even if they are the same breed. All dogs have their own unique personalities and remember to have low expectations. Let your dog reveal who they are to you and have fun with it.
While this is just the tip of the iceberg, the best thing to remember is have fun and make sure you're ready. Getting a dog can be the most rewarding experience, so enjoy it.