Before you decide to adopt a dog, you should make sure you’re ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a pet throughout his entire life. On average, dogs live for ten to twelve years, which means your new best friend is going to be around for a good part of your life. Through career changes, moves to new cities, and many of your personal triumphs and tragedies, a dog will be there for you. Choosing to adopt a dog is like adding a new member to the family.
You should consider the big picture of dog ownership before you take the plunge. Are you willing to afford the costs of properly caring for a pet including veterinarian and grooming expenses? Will a dog fit your lifestyle and be comfortable in your home? Is a pet dog really what you want or need in your life right now? These may be difficult questions to answer, but taking the time to do so before you adopt a dog will ensure you’re ready for one.
The following links will help you determine whether a puppy or dog is right for you.
- Should I get a dog?
- What to consider before you adopt a puppy
- The cost of owning a dog
- Senior dog rescue and adopting older dogs
If you’re ready to adopt a dog or puppy, you’ll need the right supplies to make him feel at home.
A dog can add immeasurable joy to your life, but you’ll have to commit yourself to learning and growing with him. That’s what having a best friend is all about.