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5 Questions to Ask Yourself before Adopting a Dog!

A dog or any other pet you bring into your home is like a child. It will demand love, care, and attention. Most people prefer puppies, as they are adorable and readily adjust to a new environment. However, one should bear in mind that adopting a dog is a long-term responsibility, i.e. ten to fifteen years on average. Dogs are fur babies that need to be fed, cleaned, groomed, exercised and taken care of regularly; if you are not ready for the full time duty, I recommend you get a stuffed toy instead. Dogs are wonderful pets; they are loyal companions who shall be considered no less than a family member. They will cheer you up in dark times, share your excitement when you are happy, and cure all your personal injuries. Ask yourself the following five questions before you visit the shelter or pet shop near you:

Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years?

Contemplate your present and future before you finalize the decision of adopting a dog. Have you settled down for good? If you have a reliable job and mortgaged property, perhaps you are ready to stay put. On the contrary, if you plan to travel a lot or your career has the potential to take you different places, then maybe you should postpone your pet adoption plans. Your pet will be stressed by frequent moving and carrying it everywhere shall tire you as well.

What is your relationship status?

Many newlyweds and couples who recently moved in together are looking to add a dog to the family. They are not ready for kids and they believe that keeping a dog will prepare them to take care of a baby. The plan may sound reasonable, yet it’s flawed. Most of these couples are using the dog to strengthen their relationship, but it seldom works. The responsibility of a pet only adds to the tension in the relationship. A few months or years later, the couple breaks up and the dog ends up in a shelter.

Some couples get wary of the dog once they have conceived their human child. Managing both ‘kids’ side by side becomes burdensome, so they decide to get rid of the furry one. Pets and children do not automatically get along; it takes a good amount of training and supervision to nurture their friendship.

Are you financially stable?

A dog may not require clothes, diapers, or a college fund, but adopting one will certainly add to your expenses. If you are already struggling with basic needs, getting a dog is a bad idea. The pet’s meals, healthcare, insurance, training, and grooming can be fairly expensive.

Do you have the time and patience for a pet?

If most of your day is spent out of the house and there is nobody else to look after the dog in your absence, it will become lonely. When your dog is with you, it will constantly request your devotion. You will have to take it out for walks every day, arrange a ‘play time’, and clean up the mess it makes. Your dog may occasionally break stuff or destroy furniture, thus patience is crucial. If you lack a forgiving nature then things might get complicated.

What are your expectations from the dog?

Every dog owner has certain expectations from his/her pet. Some long for a dog who can be their fitness friend, i.e. accompany them for a jog at the park, or join them in other outdoor activities. Some crave an indoor dog they can snuggle up to on the couch with a good book. Others prefer a social dog that can act as a wing man or become the life of a party. A dog’s nature varies with the breed and size, so choose your buddy wisely.


Authored by John Adams

John Adams is a lifestyle blogger who loves sharing his personal opinions and experiences. He enjoys travelling for his love for nature and wildlife. Time spent at home with his pets is equally cherished, and they inspire a lot of his writing.

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  1. Excellent points. Parents who are contemplating getting the “cute puppy” for their young teenager should think it through very carefully. When that teenager leaves for college, university, or just simply wants his/her independence … typically the dog does not go with them. As parents, the question must be asked “Are we prepared to take care of a dog as/when our child leaves home?”

    Another point worth noting is that there are no guarantees about a dog’s personality. It doesn’t matter what breed. It doesn’t matter whether it is bought from a shelter or a breeder. Researching before buying/adopting will give you a greater chance at getting what you expect but, just like humans, puppies can develop in any number of directions.

    We adopted a Shepherd/Rottweiler from a local shelter as a running companion. Here we are 7 years later, and he has never run with any of us to date … but we love him anyway. He cost us a lot of money with vet bills … but we love him anyway. He had (stress “had”!) serious issues with other dogs and people … but we loved him anyway. He has serious dependency (on us) issues which have dictated many changes to our lifestyle … but we love him anyway.

    If the owner of this Blog does not mind,I would like to make readers aware of my book “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” which documents the first 18 months of Ray living with us, and includes many perceived dog perspectives which may make understanding your dog a little easier. All net profits from book sales will go to the shelter that initially rescued him. Ray was my first dog, so the book may be of great value to anybody contemplating adopting one. Link below goes to amazon.com, and I have a Blog meandray.com based heavily around Ray.


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