As a family with kids, you’ll probably hear your child asking for a puppy at some point. Having a dog can be a wonderful addition to a family and can teach your children about companionship, love, and responsibility. However, not every family may be a good fit for a Fido of their own.
Even though you may want to give in to your child’s requests, you should seriously consider whether it’s the right decision for your family. Here are some of the things that you should think about before getting a family dog.
Caring For Your Dog Is Costly
A lot of people think that it’s as simple as buying a dog. However, the cost of the dog itself isn’t the end of the bill. Dogs also require toys, leashes, grooming, and don’t the vet! All sorts of health issues can arise for your dog when you least expect them. Whether they develop a skin allergy or injure a paw, pet visits aren’t cheap!
If you can’t anticipate spending several thousands of dollars a year for your pet, then dog life probably isn’t for you.
Before you bring a new dog to your house, consider how much it requires you being at home. Dogs aren’t like cats who can be left to their own devices quite comfortably. A dog needs to be taken for walks, cuddled, and cared for.
If you’re someone who works long hours or your children are gone for a lot of the time at activities, then it will have a negative effect on your pooch.
Even though your kids may want the dog, it’s important to know that ultimately it will probably be you who ends up doing the majority of the work, so make sure you have the time!
The Size Of Your Home
Your dog will need a certain amount of space based on the type of breed. Some dogs require to be walked or run around for several hours a day. Keeping a dog cooped up isn’t just sad for the dog, but it can lead to serious destruction of your house!
Make sure that you have a yard if you’re considering a larger breed. They’ll need to have plenty of space to work off all of that energy!
One of the most common reasons why pet owners end up getting rid of their dogs is because someone in the family develops an allergy to the family dog. Make sure that you are aware of anyone’s potential allergies to your new dog.
The last thing you’d want is one of your children getting sick and sadly having to separate from the animal they’ve grown so fond of!