Unfortunately, animal shelters are full of dogs that have been brought in and dropped off merely because the previous owner did not take into account everything that they would need to do to take care of a dog. And if you have spent any time in an animal shelter at all, you know how heartbreaking it is to walk in and see all of these great animals without homes. This type of sight will slowly eat away at you if you have a soul at all.
Take the Time to Plan First
Have you ever heard the saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions? This quote can directly apply to bailing on an animal after adopting them. Once you bring in that dog then it should become an instant family member. They will love you unconditionally and all you have to do is provide them a home and take care of them a bit.
Before you run out and adopt a dog, make sure that you have an adequate amount of time to spend with them. If you work all day and then go out at night as well and nobody else is back at the house, that dog might be better off with someone else. Plus, if you don’t want to take the time to walk them frequently and get them exercise, then you need to reconsider your decisions.
Owning a dog will require you to pay attention to every detail about them, and notice when something might be wrong. For example, if you notice that your dog breathes quicker when he or she’s asleep, then you may start to wonder “why is my puppy breathing so fast?” and be left with no answer because you do not know enough about how to care for dogs. So, it is essential that you learn as much as you can about them beforehand, and also pay attention to their subtle behaviors and habits. For you it might feel like you are just welcoming a dog into your house, but for that dog you are changing its life dramatically by providing it a loving home.
Know Your Veterinarian
Your dog might need to have its shots updated, fixed so it no longer can reproduce, and have various other checkups down the road. You may not think the checkups are needed at first, but as your dog ages, it will eventually need some medical attention. This is why the bond with your dog’s veterinarian is important. Find a vet that you can trust and lives kind of close by. After all, you won’t want to jump in the car and drive for an hour to a vet while your dog is suffering.
If you plan ahead on these issues, you will be able to be ready to welcome in a four-pawed new family member.
- Where will the dog sleep? In your bed? In a doggy bed? In your child’s room?
- What will the dog eat? Do you plan on giving it table scraps and dog food? Do you know what dogs should and should not eat?
Is everyone going to love this dog? You don’t want a family member that is not fond of animals.