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Guest Post: Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Dog

  1. Do I have enough respect for the animal to treat it in the best way possible? Oftentimes people rush into buying a dog, which can more than often lead to a less than ideal situation for both the owner and pet. Dogs are precious creatures, and they should be treated as such. Before buying a dog, make sure you have the adequate amount of focus, respect and understanding for a commitment that could very well last for over 10 years.
  2. Do I have enough time to have something else in my life that needs my attention? As with anything else in life, when people make decisions they often don’t analyze the consequences critically and practically. Having any other obligation, let alone another creature you are responsible with, takes up time. Make sure you have it.
  3. Do I have enough space to share with another living creature? There are many dogs and other pets around the world living in less than ideal confines. Not only do animals need enough space, but the human caretaker needs enough space. This is an extremely important aspect in the purchasing of a dog. Space should be mandatory.
  4. Do I have enough money? People around the United States and the rest of the world struggle to find food each and every day. Humans have the means and mental capacity to find food in domesticated situations. Animals lack the ability to fend for themselves and this means the weight, which includes financial weight, falls upon you as the caretaker. Make sure you have enough money. It’s a resource that cannot be overlooked when caring for another creature.
  5. Do I have enough energy? People always talk about being tired or needing extra rest. Make sure that purchasing a pet doesn’t compromise your ability to function through your own everyday life. Before buying a dog, you need to have extra time in your day. That dog will use it up.

Most people who desire to have a dog as a pet think they have the necessary respect, time, space, money and energy. Do you have enough?

Ron Rutherford is a writer with a passion for nature and a soft spot for Thai food. He currently freelances for havahartwireless.com, which specializes in dog doors.

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

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