Are you feeling lonely and in need of a puppy for companionship? Before you dive headfirst into adopting a new dog, you should learn about the unspoken realities of pet parenthood. Here are eight things no one tells you about owning a dog.
Some dog breeds are harder than others
Some dog breeds are more challenging to care for, especially as first-time dog owners. Some challenging breeds include Beagles, Border Collies, and Siberian Huskies. However, there are also a few excellent breeds for first-time dog owners, like English Cream Golden Retrievers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Greyhounds, and Cocker Spaniels.
Training dogs takes more time than you’d expect
If you bring a puppy into your home, you’ll probably have to get used to repeating yourself. You’ll need to patiently train your dog to understand the rules of your home, whether that means not chewing on your shoes or staying off the couch.
You will be more tired than you initially thought
First, your puppy may have trouble sleeping through the night the first few days, as a new environment can be overwhelming. You’ll also have to wake up early to take house-broken dogs out for a walk.
Next, you can’t forget about feeding the puppy several times per day, going on regular walks or jogs, bathing, grooming, brushing teeth, and training the dog. Though the bonding time can be fun, you’ll be exhausted at the end of the day.
You may lose your patience with your new puppy
Your puppy may chew up your clothes or furniture, knock over your trash cans, and even vomit all over the living room rug. In such situations, you might lose your patience with a new pup. But focus on the positives while remembering that not all parts of pet ownership are pleasant.
Choosing dog food can get complicated
There are tons of options available for dog food. But not all choices are as healthy. You’ll find that picking dog food can be challenging, so talk to your veterinarian about the best dog food for your pup based on its size and health conditions.
Vet bills can be pricier than expected
Vet bills for dogs include:
- Yearly visits
- Spaying or neutering
There are also unexpected vet costs in case your dog falls ill or swallows something it shouldn’t. Before bringing a puppy into your family, make sure you have the funds to cover future veterinarian costs.
You’ll need to spend more time at home and get back early
A pet at home often means you can’t work late or go out with friends at the end of a workday. You’ll need to get home early and find a dog sitter if you plan to take a vacation.
Bathing your dog will be difficult
Dogs tend to run around your entire house and jump all over your furniture after or while bathing them. It won’t be easy to wash your new pup, and you might end up with a few wet pawprints on the upholstery for your trouble.
Now that you’ve read about eight things you likely never heard about dog ownership, you are equipped to decide if you can take on the responsibilities of owning a canine. Do you believe you can manage the most doggone difficult parts of pet parenthood? If so, you’ll love the friendly and happy nature of these animals.