Before contemplating buying a dog, you must satisfy yourself that you are indeed ready for one. You need to assure yourself that you are dog owning material. You will need time to send it for dog obedience training, feed it, nurture it and look after it. Too many people make an emotional buying decision when considering getting a pet.
Understand that puppies are cute and cuddly only for a short space of time. The first year of a dog’s life is as a puppy, the next 15 or so years, he will be an adult. He will have different demands and requirements at this stage, and you need to be able to cater to them. Dogs can be quite rebellious right after the puppy stage and just before becoming adults.
The secret is to select the right dog that fits in with your lifestyle. Some cute puppies grow up to have different natures. You must consider this.
Sit down with your family and discuss why you want a pet in the home. While the children will make all sorts of promises to look after the dog, rest assured that responsibility will fall at your doorstep. The novelty will wear off quickly for your children, and you will be left with all the tasks associated with caring for a dog. Young children will have to be minded constantly to ensure that pet and kids do not hurt each other, albeit by mistake.
While many people have a dog for protective purposes, this is not always the best reason. You will need to train the dog for this. Else, you will likely be much safer with other forms of protection, for example alarm systems manned by security firms like CISCO or ADT. All of these options require no work on your part.
Breeding puppies is not the easiest and fastest way to make money. Unless you have a passion and all the expertise required to do so, do not make this a reason for wanting a dog. You will have to make many sacrifices if you choose to breed dogs. It takes time, money, patience, insight, heartbreak and work to breed them. Too many dogs end up at shelters simply because the wrong people decided to own a dog.
Looking after a dog properly costs anything from a few hundred to even a thousand or more dollars a year. You must do due diligence to ensure that your dog will get everything that he needs without compromising you financially. If your dog becomes sick, these numbers will increase considerably.
Finally, while children and dogs are both inherently mischievous, your dog will outdo your children in this regard every time For example, young puppies and even some fully grown dogs love to chew items such as furniture, brooms, toys, slippers and the like. You may thus have to cordon off certain areas of your home to protect your assets while at the same time send your dog for dog obedience classes to learn proper manners.
Once you have satisfied yourself with all of these criteria, you are probably more ready to own a dog.