Adopting a dog is a big responsibility. Besides the regular expenses that come with it, great demands on your time and energy are also involved. In spite of all that, a dog brings great joy to the household. For the dog too, it means a good life with a caring and loving family. However, there are some considerations you have to look into before going ahead with adoption. It would ensure that both you and the dog get a fulfilling experience as your journey together.
The question of time
The adoption of a new dog is like the arrival of a new baby in the family. It takes a lot of attention, and infinite amounts of patience, especially during the settling-in period. A very busy schedule and a new dog don’t go together. Ask yourself how much time you can spare for the adopted dog with your current lifestyle. If you are not having a lot of leisure time right now, you are not ready for this step yet. You might be in a better position to adopt a dog at a later point in life. It’s better to wait now than be sorry later.
Puppy or adult dog – which is best for you?
People generally think of puppies when they want to take in a dog. They have many arguments in favor of puppies, but it is often blind love that guides them.
Some myths about adopting puppies:
– Puppies are easier to train
-They’ll have no bad habits if you personally bring them up
– You’ll have them around for a much longer period
– Bonding is possible only with puppies
The truth is that none of these arguments hold water. It may be relatively easier to bond with a puppy, but it is not impossible to do the same with an older dog. If you are adopting a puppy, it is better to get one directly from its owner, or from a rescue home that has a good record about its antecedents. Puppies that have been in animal shelters are blighted from the beginning by their bad experiences so early in life. Tender loving care may help bring them around, but it may be nearly impossible to undo some of the damage.
On the other hand, adult dogs have already developed their temperaments, and temporary setbacks may not damage their attitudes. You can observe the dog’s behavior and check out whether it has the characteristics you are looking for. No unrealistic expectations here and no chance of unnecessary disappoint later on. In other words, you can adopt an older dog with your eyes open. You see what you are getting.
Are you ready for the financial burden?
Dogs are famously expensive to keep, some breeds more so than others. The fee charged for adoption is just a tiny fraction of the future expenses you have to shoulder. Vaccinations, regular medical check-ups, cost of training and grooming, all these add up to quite a packet. The cost of feeds goes higher with the size of the dog. Even small sized dogs can be high on maintenance if they belong to certain breeds that are prone to specific health issues.
When people go in for adoption on a whim, there’s a very high chance of them regretting their decision later, and even surrendering the dog back to the shelter. It is not fair on the poor dog to be abandoned like that. A considered decision saves a lot of unhappiness all around.