10 Questions that would Tell You whether You Want a Dog or Not!
07 Apr 2016
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Do you often wonder whether you want a pet? The fact that you are looking to adopt a pet is a big enough sign to tell that you are on the right path. However, ask yourself these essential questions to understand whether you really are prepared for a pet and everything associated with them.
1. Do I want a dog? – Is it because your children are longing for a cute dog or you want to cuddle a pet when you see it. The answer to this question will help you decide the intensity of your will to own a pet. The fact is, your answer should convince yourself first. Remember, having a pet is a huge responsibility and that innocent soul would be your responsibility for a good period of 10 to 15 years.
2. Can I be the primary caretaker for my pet? – Dogs thrive on attention and affection. They aren’t games or toys that you can throw away just because you are tired. Their food, exercise and care is in your hands.
3. Can I afford to pay for their services? – From training lessons to taking them to the vet, having a dog can burn a hole in your pocket unless you aren’t monetarily prepared for it. Not taking care of your pet because of financial constraints is NOT an option.
4. Can I deal with the responsibilities of a dog? – Be it in sickness or good health, your pet is your responsibility. Right from picking out fleas/ticks to giving your dog a bath and food; your dog’s well-being is your prerogative alone.
5. Is it the right time to adopt a dog? – Are you studying, living alone, shifting cities or planning to have a baby? Chances are, you might swerve from your dog’s responsibilities with the heavy burden of other pressing issues. Prioritize and then adopt.
6. Is my locality dog-friendly? – No person in this world likes to feel unwanted and nor does an animal. Kicking a dog out because your residential society doesn’t allow pets, is the worst possible punishment for the poor mutt. Double check with RWAs (resident welfare association) and ensure your dog is in a safe premise.
7. Will my living arrangements suit my dog? – It is advisable to choose a breed that matches your home. Apart from that, analyse your pet’s lifestyle to determine their suitability. There are pets who want to laze on the couch and then there are pets who need constant exercise to remain calm. Your decision affects both you and your pet’s lives.
8. Can I take onus for my dog? – Whether it means ensuring your pet behaves in a socially acceptable manner in public or is properly vaccinated; one needs to understand that anything your pet does is your responsibility.
9. Do I have somebody who can take care of the dog in my absence? – Find out if your residential area has hospitable dog kennels or whether your friends/relatives are willing to take care of your dog while you are away.
10. Am I ready for a long-term relationship? – Normally, an average age of a dog is between 10 to 15 years. Once you adopt a dog, understand that they require your care throughout 365 days of the year. Hold on to your pet!
It is true, having a pet is like having a new-born baby. Adopting a dog is a personal choice, however make sure your family is supportive of the decision. Consider these questions carefully to reach a decision.