For many people, getting a dog is extremely beneficial. They bring protection to your home. They provide you with unconditional love and companionship. And they give you the opportunity to care for someone and learn more about responsibility. However, since dogs do come with a lot of responsibility, it’s extremely important you know what you’re getting into before you get one. Check out these three things you must consider before getting a dog.

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  1. Schedule

When you are in the market for a dog, the first thing you must consider is your schedule. If you are not home often, then having a dog doesn’t make much sense. Dogs need to be walked and let out often, and they need to be fed and left to roam. If you don’t have a schedule that allows you to provide this for a pooch, then they are not the right choice—at least not now. However, if you have the ability to be home and take your dog for walks, then getting a dog may be the right choice for you.

In addition to your own schedule for regular responsibilities, you also need to consider your schedule when you first get the animal. If you opt for a puppy, this puppy will need to be housebroken and learn a schedule, and this will take more time from you. If you have the time for this training, then that’s perfect for you. If you don’t, though, you’ll need to consider if a puppy is the right choice or if you should opt for a dog that’s a little older.

  1. Cost

The other biggest factor to consider when getting a dog is the cost. Most owners make the mistake in just thinking about the initial cost of the dog and the regular cost of food and treats, but there’s so much more that goes into the cost of a dog.

First, you will need to consider the initial cost. If you get a dog from a breeder, you can expect to pay a large chunk of money for a dog. If you intend to adopt, you’ll still have a decent adoption fee that you’ll need to cover in order to bring the dog home.

After the initial cost, you’ll also need to factor in the essentials you need for this dog. For instance, you’ll need to purchase items like collars, leashes, dog bowls, toys, dog beds, crates, and so much more.

Then there are the monthly expenses, which include food and treats. You’ll also want to factor in the cost of medical care. Just an annual checkup can run you up to $500, and if your dog gets hurt or sick, you can expect that cost to rise. In addition, if your dog needs medication, you’ll need to factor in this cost as well. The cost of pet prescriptions can be expensive, too, and that doesn’t matter if your dog just needs to have a prescription for a minor illness or needs to take one every day to keep him healthy.

  1. Lifestyle

Finally, your lifestyle is the final factor in deciding if you should get a dog or not. You must consider where you live. For instance, if you live in an apartment, you need to consider if you can have dogs in your apartment and how this will change your life. If you’re on the top floor, consider that you’ll need to get downstairs to let your dog outside. Plus, a small apartment may deter you from getting a large dog. In addition, if you’re in an apartment, getting a dog that barks all the time is not a good idea if you don’t want to upset your neighbors.

Aside from where you live, the other lifestyle factor you want to consider is your energy. For instance, if you like to go on runs or take long walks, then you’ll benefit from a dog that is also active. However, if you’re a couch potato, choosing an active dog breed would not be a good idea. Instead, you’d be better off choosing a dog that also likes to lounge around.

Finally, your family will determine if a dog is right for you. If you have children, be sure to get a dog that is good with kids. In addition, if you or a member of your family is allergic to dogs, then opting for one that is hypoallergenic is important.

A dog is a huge responsibility, and you need to ensure you can handle the responsibility before you make the decision to get a new four-legged companion.

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