Puppy or adult dog: what decision to make
Getting a puppy or getting an adult dog is not as simple a task as it seems at first glance. This decision requires not only physical, but also moral preparation, and should not be made spontaneously. Before making your final decision, answer these three important questions:
- Are you ready to take full responsibility? Buying a dog means welcoming a new member into the family, which requires constant care, attention and love. Are you ready to provide everything your new pet needs and care for him throughout his life?
- Are you ready to financially provide for your pet? Buying a dog comes with ongoing costs for food, accessories, veterinary services, grooming and training. In addition to the initial costs of purchasing a puppy, you must be prepared for the ongoing financial costs of its care and maintenance.
- Are you ready to be homebound? Dogs need regular walks, training and attention. They cannot remain for long without supervision and care. Therefore, you should consider your willingness to devote time to walking, training and other pet care procedures, as well as the ability to be at home or arrange for a replacement if you have to be absent.
Answering these questions will help you make an informed decision about whether to get a dog and whether you are ready for this step.