Getting a dog or puppy is amazing, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Think of it as getting a child, a furry child. And for the next 15 years you’re going to have a two-year-old in the house. Are you still there? Okay, here are my 5 things you should think about before getting a dog.
1) Your lifestyle What does your daily life look like? Your vacations? Do you live in an apartment or house? Out in the countryside, in a small town or in a big city? Do you have kids? Do you live alone? Are pets allowed? Are you an active person or more layed back. Can you bring your dog to work every day? Do you work from home? Do you need a doggwalker or doggy daycare? Dogs are pack animals and should not be left home for more than a couple of hours (3-4) And most importantly, what will your life bee like in the next 10-15 years? Are you willing to adapt to future changes to suit both you and your dog?
2) Do your research Before you get a puppy or a dog, you need to take the time to do some heavy research. If you’re not an active person and you live in a small apartment, a Great Dane probably isn’t the dog for you. Do you have the time and energy for daily brushing and grooming? Dogs shed hair, so be prepared to clean more often. Take time to visit dog shows and look different breeds, talk to veterinarians, breeders, the staf at the shelters, other dog owners and any other professionals you can think of. Be patient and let it take time, getting a dog is not something you should take lightly on.
3) Can you afford a dog. The average life extension of a dog is approximately 10-15 years. So the cost of owning a dog depends on the dog’s size, breed, lifetime, general health and so on. But there are some things you can’t get away from – in addition to the price for the dog. You need insurance, food, leash, colar, brushes, bowls, a bed, puppy classes. If you have a car, you’ll need an approved cage that your dog can travel safely in
4) Puppy or an adult dog? If you’re thinking of getting a puppy, be prepared to invest a lot of time and energy the first year. Having a puppy is like having a baby, but instead of changing diapers and potty traing, you need to get your puppy housebroken. Prepare yourself for many sleepless nights the next few months. Your puppy needs to pee after each meal, when it has been playing and after sleeping. And the more consistent you are, the easier it will be for the puppy to get the hang of it. You also have to teach your puppy to walk on a leash, you must also socialize your puppy with other dogs, people and different environments – this is super vital. You souldn’t deny your child to hang out with other children, now would you? Same thing with a puppy. One of the main reasons why dogs end up in shelters is because they aren’t socialized properly and can’t be around other dogs, people or children. Be honest with yourself. If this isn’t for you, maybe adopting an adult dog is a better option.
5) Is it the right time to get a dog? Are you getting a dog for the right reason? For example, if you travel a lot at work and can’t bring your dog with you everywhere, the answer is no. A dog is not a toy, it’s a living animal that depends on you for its survival. You may have friends and family, but your dog only has you.
If your looking to adopt in Sweden, please contact Hundstallet or Hundarutanhem