5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog
We love dogs. We can’t imagine our life without dogs in it. There is much written about the benef
its of owning a dog, the fun that they are, the security they bring, the unconditional love. That’s why we love having them in our life. But you don’t usually see much written about the negative aspects of having a dog. Yes, as surprising as it is to us dog lovers, there happens to be many good reasons NOT to get a dog. Dogs are not the right pet for everyone and it takes a wise person to recognize whether they will be a suitable dog parent.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons NOT to get a dog:
- Don’t get a dog if you don’t have the budget for it. Dogs are not cheap and owning a dog could cost upwards of $500-$1,500 per year depending on the size of the dog and your lifestyle. There’s food & vet bills of course, but there’s a slew of other expenses folks don’t think about including grooming, boarding or pet sitting if your travel, vitamins, bedding, treats, training, leashes, collars and toys. That all adds up really quickly, so if you don’t have the money to properly care for it, don’t get a dog.
- Don’t get a dog if you don’t have the time to take care of it. No matter what type or size dog you get, they need exercise. Yes, even Chihuahuas need exercise. If you get a medium sized dog that means a good 45-60 minute walk every. single. day. That’s a big commitment to make. Dogs have a lot of energy and they get bored easily. When they are bored they look for a way to release that pent up energy. If it’s not on a good walk or run each day, it’s going to be on a table leg, or a carpet or something else in your house you don’t want destroyed. Training, trips to the vet, daily walks, etc. all take time. If you don’t have that time to spare, don’t get a dog.
- Getting a dog means being responsible for another living being. A dog cannot fend for itself, well, at least not for very long. Having a dog means feeding it every day, going on those walks mentioned above, being observant and making sure they have clean water, proper nutrition, that they are taken to the vet for regular checkups and illnesses or injuries dealt with quickly. It’s like being a parent. If you like to take spur of the moment vacations, or crash at a friends house after a late night out or can’t get to the dentist regularly because you are too busy – don’t get a dog.
- Make sure your lifestyle is suitable for a dog. Do you or someone you live with have allergies? Do you like a spotlessly clean house? Do you like being able to come and go as you please? Does everyone in the household want the dog? Do you have space for the dog – a place for a bed or crate, a yard for them to romp in or at least relieve themselves? If there is uncertainty to any of these, don’t get a dog.
- Are you getting a dog for entertainment – because you’re bored, or you’re lonely or because your spouse or partner wants one? Those are all bad reasons. Make sure you are getting the dog for the right reasons and don’t bring a dog into your life with the job of making you happy or fulfilled. You will be disappointed. Having a dog can be great fun and very entertaining, but with that comes all of the other aspects of dog ownership, so be certain you are comfortable with all the responsibility dog ownership brings before you take that step. If you aren’t – don’t get a dog.
Yes, puppies are adorable and hard to resist, but think it through, make sure that you are getting that dog for the right reasons and not one of the reasons outlined above. What are the RIGHT reasons to get a dog? We’ll cover that in Part 2, so stay tuned.