Should You Even Get A Dog
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Question Number 5 – Are you ready for a Lifetime Commitment?
Even though it might seem a bit far-fetched to say this, but - in many ways, getting a dog is like getting married, in terms of making a commitment to stand by the other being not matter what. And even though the cost of a “divorce” does usually not exceed whatever fee your local shelter demands for taking your dog off your hands – the emotional cost to both yourself and your dog, should things not work out, is quite considerable. Especially for your dog. Which is why shelter dogs often have the bad reputation of being burdened by trauma: The trauma of losing the one person they have opened up to on a very deep level. The one person they have trusted, and they have loved with everything they had.
Also consider that the cute, innocent little puppy you are planning to bring home is quickly going to grow into a much less innocent juvenile canine. And eventually into an ill-mannered adult dog, unless you have been on the case with your training. Also, the average dog’s life span is between 10 and 13 years. You want to make doubly sure that you are willing to stand by your canine companion for all these years.
Question Number 4 – Do you have the Financial Resources needed for a dog?
Dogs cost money, and usually a lot more than people think. Even if you are looking into buying a puppy from a breeder, this initial investment pales in comparison of the monthly cost required to offer your dog a good life. This ranges from high quality food to vet care, pet insurance and all the way to the cost for any dog-walking or dog-sitting service that you may need to hire.
On a daily basis, vets are confronted with the heart-breaking situation of owners not having the financial resources for their dog’s much-needed medication or operation. In many instances, this means the dog has to be put down. So, ask yourself: Are you ready to take that risk with your own canine best friend? Or is it not better to wait until you have created a financial picture that can easily carry any expenses required to better – or to save – your dog’s life?
Question Number 3 – Do you have Time for a dog?
And this brings us straight to question number 3: Do you have time for a dog? If your schedule is filled to the brim with other obligations, then now might not be the best time for getting a dog. As there will always be more than enough dogs around to choose from, there is really no rush in getting one right this very moment. Also, consider that you are setting yourself and your dog up to fail if you try to squeeze their needs into your busy daily schedule.
A dog needs their owner to spend quality time with them for several hours each day. And if you are out working for 8 to 10 hours, what about your canine companion who is left to sit at home – or in a kennel – alone, waiting for you to come back? Also, consider that puppies cannot possibly hold their business for hours on end. So, you will at least need to organize a trustworthy person who can take care of your puppy for you a few times a day, whilst you are out working.
Think about it this way: You yourself have so much in your life – your job, your hobbies, your partner, your friends and family and so forth. Your dog has only you. Do you really want to confine one of these naturally extremely social beings to a predominantly solitary life?
Question Number 2 – Can you offer appropriate Accommodations?
This question is related to the previous ones in that is highlights the importance of establishing a conducive living situation for your dog long before actually getting your dog.
If you only have a tiny apartment to your disposal, you live in the middle of a busy city AND you are out of the house for most of the day, then how can you offer your dog a good life? Equally, if you lock the dog in a kennel in your backyard and you only take them out for one to two hours a day, what kind of life is that for an animal who is built to live in a pack? Have you ever seen wolves in the wild sitting in one spot all day, all by their lonesome? Of course you have not, as our modern canines’ ancestors are extremely pack-oriented beings. They are highly social and they do suffer when kept in solitary confinement for most of the day.
So, in essence, the size of the accommodation matters much less than the time the dog can spend with you. Of course, the ideal setting for a dog would be a house with large garden or land for them to run around and play to their heart’s content – with at least one family member at home with them at all times.
Naturally, this dream setting is not in reach for everyone. Just ask yourself how much you are willing to compromise your dog’s happiness and mental health by confining them to a life predominantly spent alone in an apartment, kennel or small backyard.
Question Number 1 – Have you done your Research?
And here we are, at question number 1 of our list of the TOP 5 things to consider for finding out if you are at a good time to get a dog. As we said at the beginning of our video, getting a dog is a lifetime commitment, and being a good owner does require quite a bit of knowledge.
Thankfully, these days, we have the internet and can access all kinds of information quickly. So, informing yourself on how to best prepare for getting a dog is not that difficult. What is more difficult is getting everything right – in other words, avoiding picking the wrong dog for your living situation and your own needs: Not every kind of dog is suited for every person, far from it!
This is where breed selection comes in. Breed selection is an extremely important factor that can decide whether you and your dog will be a perfect match – or whether you will have to give it up, because it has become your worst nightmare. BUT, things do not need to get that grim: We from Fenrir are here to help and have dedicated our entire work on this channel – and all the related breed-specific channels – to helping you choosing the perfect canine companion for you.
Now, I know what we said in this video may sound a bit harsh, but here at Fenrir, we try our best to educate people and to help them get all the information they need to be happy owners of happy canine companions. So, considering all that we said about the perfect living conditions for a dog: If you really are devoted to providing an amazing life for your four-legged best friend, then you absolutely can and will find a way to make ends meet. For example, you could arrange for a family member, good friend or neighbour to help out during the day and walk your dog whilst you are out working. Or you could change your working arrangements to a home office setup. Alternatively, you can take your dog to a good doggy-day care. In this way, you ensure that your canine friend gets all the social interaction it needs to stay happy and healthy.
So, if you are 100% committed to getting a dog and to meeting its needs, I trust that you will absolutely be able to make things work out. And you will be rewarded by a deeply loyal best friend who never judges you, never even considers leaving you no matter what, and who will always love you.