Things to consider when you’re thinking about getting a dog

Are you thinking about getting a dog, but don’t know what to expect? Maybe your friends tell you that you’d be a great dog mom/dad. Maybe you like the idea of coming home to someone every night. Perhaps you want to have someone to go on adventures with. It all sounds so wonderful! And it is! But there are some not so wonderful things you should take into consideration, too.

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  • Being accountable. This is the most important aspect of owning a dog. You are responsible for everything they do and it’s important to stick to a schedule whenever possible. This includes feeding times, walking times, and scheduled/regimented time away from home. Basically you have to work your life around their schedule.
  • Keeping food and other intriguing items out of their reach. The floor, your bed, the kitchen counter—no surface is safe when you have a dog.
  • Your things become their things. Oh, you thought that the queen bed and Egyptian cotton sheets were for you? Silly, human. Those things belong to your furry friend now. If you’re lucky they might share with you.

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  • Fur everywhere. All the time. You could always get a breed that doesn’t shed, but if you don’t count on them shedding A LOT. You can vacuum your apartment twice a week, brush the dog once a week, and you’ll still walk into work with fur all over your clothes. There’s just no way around it.
  • Dog hair in your food. You think the fur just sticks to your clothes and the floor? Think again. At one time or another you WILL find their hair in your food. If you can’t handle picking the occasional dog hair out of your food then you probably shouldn’t even have a dog–at least not one that sheds.

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  • Car and living quarters always smelling like a dog. Again no matter how good you are about proper hygiene, your dog will have a smell. You’ll think it’s fine, but odds are that will be the first thing someone notices when they enter your car or house.

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  • Getting old and all of the extra care it entails. Older dogs are a lot of work. If you’re lucky it’s usually a slow progression, but it still sucks. All of sudden one day they can’t jump up on the couch anymore, or hear you when you call them, or make it a full day without having an accident in the house. They require a lot more TLC and patience, but you do it because at the end of the day he/she is your best friend. And who wouldn’t do everything they could for their best friend?

Do you have a dog? What were some things you learned the hard way when you got him/her?

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