* Dogs bark, and some dogs bark a lot. Depending on the dog, the bark can be very piercing, high-pitched, and annoying. This barking can be incessant when your dog feels bored, scared, or lonely. Your new puppy left alone at night in an unfamiliar environment may whimper and cry while you are trying to sleep. Barking can be dealt with, but you need to be prepared to meet your dog’s needs so he doesn’t have to bark.
* Dogs pee and poop whenever and wherever they need to when they are puppies. Until you teach him to learn to pee and poop where you want him to, you may be doing a lot of cleaning. Potty training can take a few weeks or a few months.
* Dogs can be destructive. Teething puppies may use your new shoes to ease their painful gums. They may dig up your newly planted garden to explore the smells in your back yard. This is normal puppy behavior and it can be redirected, but it can be frustrating for an unprepared owner.
* Dogs are expensive, even after you have paid for them. Food, toys, training and routine vet care such as vaccinations, neutering and parasite control can add up to several hundred dollars a year. That can have quite a big impact on your family finances.
* Dogs can become ill or injured, or have a medical emergency. This means you’ll have a vet bill that you may not have budgeted for.
* Dogs are not solitary animals. They need training, attention, and time spent with them. If you have a very busy work schedule, or if I you like to travel a lot, then a dog may not be for you.
* Dogs need exercise. You will have to walk your dog at least once a day to keep him physically and mentally healthy. Walking is also good for you but if that doesn’t fit into your schedule, then you’ll have an unhappy dog and an unhappy dog can be bored and destructive.
With all of these factors to consider, you can see that a dog should never be an impulse buy. A dog will live for around 12 years, and if you have chosen a breed that isn’t right for your lifestyle, or if you just don’t have the time or money to look after a canine family member, you’re going to be very unhappy.
On the other hand, if you have carefully researched whether or not you can care for a dog, and you have worked out exactly what type of dog you’d like, your life will be richer with a canine best friend.