There’s no doubt that getting a pet can bring immense joy to your life, but they are also a huge responsibility. Here are several things to consider before taking the plunge and adopting a pet:
If you’re hopping on planes every week for business, it may not be the best time to add a pet. The same goes for those who are clocking extra long hours at the office. While pet sitters and dog walkers are options, dogs are social creatures who need dedicated owners in their lives.
Energy levels are extremely important when selecting the right dog. While you may love Siberian Huskies, one without the proper exercise regimen may be too much to handle. Likewise, a Pug would not be a good fit for an owner who wants a long-distance running partner.
Be sure to do your research about the personality traits of specific breeds before making the commitment to adopt.
Pets are great, but they can be expensive! Food, toys, grooming, training, regular (and unexpected) veterinary expenses can really add up.
Are all members of your family in agreement to add a new pet? What about your current furry family members – are they going to be OK sharing your affection, their toys, etc.
Ask your landlord about their pet policies, as some have age/weight/breed restrictions. If you own your own home, does your HOA or insurance have any pet or breed restrictions?
Puppies are adorable, but they require a lot of work and attention. Housetraining requires a routine schedule and several trips home per day. Not to mention general manners training, chewing, etc. If you don’t have the time or energy for the difficult baby stages, consider getting an adult dog instead.
Do you see yourself traveling the world or starting a family? If so, consider a dog that is going to handle these changes well.
If you aren’t quite ready to offer an animal a forever home, ask us about joining our foster program!