Whether you grew up with a dog or you’re thinking of getting your first canine friend, there are several things you must consider before making the jump into pet ownership.
A dog is a man’s (and woman’s!) best friend, their loyalty is limitless and they’ll be by your side no matter what. The love a dog gives is unconditional – it’s no wonder that these mutts are such popular companions!
However, there are many downsides to being a pet owner. You may find yourself out of pocket or feel guilty about long days out of the house.
If you’re considering getting a dog then keep reading to discover the pros and cons of dog ownership.
- They’ll love you no matter what
We’ve already mentioned the loyalty and dedication a dog brings. It’s true that a dog’s love is unmatched. They’ll stay by your side through thick and thin, even if your life isn’t going entirely to plan.
The stability of owning a dog can be great for those who struggle to meet new people or if you’ve just got out of a long term relationship. You can always rely on your canine friend even when people let you down!
- They’ll get you out of the house
Walking a dog is therapy in itself. Whether you live by the sea, the forest or just in the city, talking your mutt out for their daily meander is a special time.
Come sunshine or rain (or even snow!) your dog is always delighted to get some fresh air – and you should be too. If you’re struggling to lose weight or just finding yourself getting a bit lazy, then the motivation to walk a dog can be a great antidote.
Don’t forget to buy some suitable footwear and clothing, especially if you live in a cold or wet climate! As a dog owner, you’ll be outside no matter what.
- You’ll make new friends
Owning a dog is a great way to make new friends. When you’re walking on your usual route, you’ll see the same familiar faces each day. If your pet loves a good sniff of theirs, it’s always worth having a quick chat.
If you’re looking for more than just a passing chit-chat then why not look at dog meet-ups in your region? Facebook is filled with dog owner events, often specific to breed or background, so you can meet like-minded pet owners and even make a friend or two.
- It will prepare you for the future
If you don’t already have kids then owning a dog can be a great way to get used to the responsibility of another life. Keeping a dog healthy and happy is obviously not quite the same as having a baby – but it’s not far off!
All couples should own a pet before having a baby, you’ll be surprised to see how different people react to the responsibility of taking care of a beloved animal.
- You may have to re-think holidays
Many pet owners choose to put their dog in kennels when they go abroad. This is certainly an option but it’s not cheap. Often you’ll pay a premium day rate for your dog, and then you’ll only miss them when you go away.
However, owning a dog can also open your eyes to all sorts of new holiday opportunities including walking breaks in the Lake District or caravan holidays by the coast.
- They’re not cheap
Owning a dog is expensive. Not only do you have to purchase food and toys, but you will also pay for pet insurance each month. Often, pet insurance subsidizes vet trips but that doesn’t mean you won’t still have to cough up for fees if your pet is ill and requires medication or treatment.
It’s important to keep a separate fund in case of emergencies as the last thing you want is your precious pet being ill with no money to fund their treatment.
- They can be destructive
Not all dogs destroy things, but many do! If you’ve not had a dog before then you may want to consider ‘dog-proofing’ your home, including purchasing stain-proof carpets and hiding wires from gnawing teeth.
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All in all, owning a dog is a very big decision. You must consider where they will sleep, what they’ll eat and whether you can afford to care for them if they’re ill. However, it’s all worth it in the end as a dog will bring you boundless love and loyalty like no one else.
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