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Buying a Dog

Questions To Ask Before Getting A New Dog

A good relationship between a dog and an owner will be one that brings lots of joy to the person. With a loyalty that's unmatched, a desire to please and a willingness to love unconditionally, dogs have earned the reputation of being man's best friends for a reason. They require very little and give very much. A person does, however, have to offer care and love in return for the relationship to be forged for life.

Entering into dog ownership without weighing the consequences carefully is something that should never be done. While it can be very hard to drive away from a cute little puppy being offered for free on the roadside, bringing that puppy homes means a desire to put forth the commitment dog ownership requires. Before deciding to take the plunge into getting a new puppy or even an older dog, it's a good idea to review a few things. Ask yourself these questions before moving forward:

• Do I have room for a dog? Small dogs won't take up much space, but larger ones could. Medium to larger size dogs that are known as working breeds tend to need a little space to stretch their legs and play.

• Do I have the time to commit to a dog? Dogs don't require constant attention, but they do need some. They must be fed, watered, walked, played with and loved. This must be done on a daily basis.

• Can I afford to own a dog? While it won't be an outrageous financial commitment, dog ownership does cost a little money. There will be vet bills for shots and licensing, food and even some toys to consider. If you're stretched to the limit as far as cash is concerned, it might not be a good idea.

• Am I willing to make arrangements for a dog? While a cat might be able to survive a weekend alone, a dog cannot. Any time you go out of town, stay out longer than 12 hours or so or plan a longer trip, arrangements will have to be made for the dog. If you can't do that or aren't willing to, a dog might not be in order.
• Do I have the patience? Puppies require housebreaking, obedience training and lots of love. To properly achieve this, patience must be exercised. If you don't have the desire to give up a pair of shoes, pooper scoop once in a while and issue the sit command multiple times before he gets it, puppy ownership might not be a good idea. An older dog could fit the bill here, but some patience will still need to be exercised as you get used to each other.

People who can answer the above questions positively will find they are very likely the ideal dog owners. Finding the right dog to fit lifestyle and personality might take a little time, but when the right match is made, the rewards are many. Dog ownership is a lifetime commitment, or should be, though. So don't tread in the water unless you're willing to get a little wet.

Article by Allison Duarte of Oh My Dog Supplies - the place to go for dog steps that stand the test of time  

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