I always wanted to adopt rather than shop when it comes to getting dogs. Besides, there are a lot of stray dogs out there. It would be awesome if someone would take care of some of them. Here are a few things I wish I knew before adopting a dog:
There are a lot of costs that are associated with taking care of an adopted puppy. There is dog food, dog walkers, injections, and even toys. The compassion your dog will show you is going to be worth all the expenses though. Of course, the dog must be properly taken good care of. When your dog smiles, your stress will definitely go away. Therefore, better be prepared to spend a lot when you adopt a dog. Look at your everyday expenses and see if you can afford to have one. Who knows? It may only be a matter of time before you have two puppies.
You’re going to spend a lot of time training your dog. There will be a time when you will need a programmer’s advice on dog training. After all, it is important to train your puppy the basic commands like where the dog must poop and where the pet must eat too. You will also need to spend at least an hour a day walking your dog outside your house so that it can poop and pee. Besides, you would not want it to make a mess inside your home. While it is a great feeling to have your adopted puppy inside your home, there will be times when it would need to pee and poo just like you.
Lose Social Life
If you were always hanging out with your friends, that will change when you have an adopted puppy. If they also have dogs, you can invite them to go to a pet-friendly place. Since there are a lot of public places that allow dogs like pet parks, that won’t be that big of a problem. You can even meet new friends at the parks. There will also be days when you thought you would go shopping but your dog will be bothering you to walk her out. Of course, it would be hard to resist that cute face but don’t worry since it is possible to have your groceries delivered straight to your home anyway.
Now that you are familiar with what you must know when adopting a dog, you will find out that it is a lot better to adopt a dog than to buy from a breeder. You are going to give a stray dog a second chance at life. It is important to get yourself educated about the responsibilities of being a dog owner. You would not want to let your dog feel neglected. If that is the case, it would be better to not adopt a dog. You are going to feel happy if you were able to take good care of the adopted dog with a lot of effort.