25 Things You Need To Think When Considering Adopting A Dog

Know How Big It Will Be

Know How Big It Will Be

Perhaps you adopt a puppy because it's cute but you forget that it will grow up to be massive! Then you've got to feed it and make sure it has enough exercise....

Money!

Money!

Make sure you have the money to support the poor little thing. It's not just food you have to think about. If it needs to visit the vet (and it will at some point) that's rarely going to be cheap.



It's A Commitment

It's A Commitment

It seems like a novel idea now to have a dog but remember, it's a lifetime commitment (usually the dog's lifetime, not necessarily yours) and you can't just abandon it when the novelty wears off.

Do You Have The Time?

Do You Have The Time?

Do you have enough room in your life for a dog in terms of the time you can spend with it? You're going to need to take it for a walk, at the very least.



Is It A Match?

Is It A Match?

You'll really want to pick the right breed of dog in order to match your own lifestyle. Don't get a very active dog that doesn't like to relax much if all you want is a companion to kick back with while you watch TV. Conversely, don't expect to be running along the beach with a dog who's not that keen on leaving the house.

Neutering

Neutering

You might feel guilty and you might also find yourself out of pocket, but if you don't want any puppies and you want your pooch to be calm and healthy, then you've got to consider what path you're going to take here.



Exercise

Exercise

Your dog is going to need exercise (just like you should be doing, but it hasn't really been part of our lives since back in the day when cavemen ran away from predators. Ironically, it was teaming up with canine friends who eventually become domestic dogs that meant we had to run less - but that's another story).

Brushing You Dog

Brushing You Dog

You brush or comb your hair (probably), but a dog finds it hard to hold a brush. So you have to do it for them to prevent skin irritations and the like. Make sure you're prepared to do it.



While We're On That Subject...

While We're On That Subject...

Hair. There'll be lots of it. Everywhere. You're going to have to deal with that.

Canine Dental Hygeine

Canine Dental Hygeine

..is just as important as yours. The only problem is that just as a dog cannot brush it's hair, nor can it brush its own teeth. Guess whose job that is....



In Order To Keep Your Shoes

In Order To Keep Your Shoes

If you've got yourself a young dog or one who hasn't been trained properly, you're going to want to keep your shoes out of reach, for obvious reasons.

Actually, It's Not Just Shoes

Actually, It's Not Just Shoes

It's not just shoes, now we think about it. The same goes for pretty much any small item that a dog can fit in its mouth. You're going to have to be aware of that and not get too upset when you forget. Your little friend will learn eventually if you train it right.



Consider Your Plants

Consider Your Plants

This is one which is so often not taken in to account but can be very detrimental to the dog's health; plants. Many common household plants are actually quite harmful to a dog if they should ingest them. It's worth doing a bit of research in to which plants may be potentially toxic to your pooch.

...And It's Not Just Plants

...And It's Not Just Plants

While we're on the subject of things that might be toxic for your new dog, there are foods you shouldn't allow it to have - not just plants. Chocolate, avocado, chicken bones... None of these (and more) are suitable for your dog.



The Sitter

The Sitter

It's inevitable that at some stage you're going to need somebody to take care of your dog for you, and so it's good to consider who that might be. Otherwise, you're going to have to pay someone for the service.

Accessories

Accessories

The accessories you'll need for your dog can really drive the costs up a bit. Think about all the extras you will need beyond food; a leash, water bowls, food bowls, ID tag, toys, grooming equipment, a bed....



The Vet

The Vet

A good vet is integral to your dog's health. A good vet is also expensive.

Having The Nails Done

Having The Nails Done

Manicures aren't just for you. Your dog needs its nails clipped regularly too. If not, they might begin to have trouble walking properly, so if anything, a dog manicure is more important than yours!



Picking A Name

Picking A Name

You might want to wait a bit when picking a name and give it one that suits its personality. There's no point calling it Rocky when, after about a fortnight, it's obviously more of a Coco.

Going For A Ride

Going For A Ride

Of course, it's okay to take you dog in the car (but again, be prepared for all the hair everywhere) but whatever you do, think ahead so you don't leave it in a hot parked car with no shelter. That's called torture.



Flea Control

Flea Control

You're going to have to learn how to take care of the flea situation, especially in the warmer months.

Consider The Diet

Consider The Diet

One of the major problems with dogs, and pets in general, in the Western world, is obesity. Just like it's a problem with us, so too are dogs developing sickness from the foods they are given. They don't have much of a say in what you give them to eat, and so it's up to you to be responsible for their health, including their diet. Allowing them to become unhealthy because of a poor diet is animal cruelty.



Water

Water

Always make sure they have enough water. They can't turn on the tap themselves.

A Social Animal

A Social Animal

Control the environment but allow them to socialize with other dogs as early as possible. You want them to be comfortable enough in the company of other dogs and animals before that chance meeting comes along, and they go crazy and cause trouble because they don't know how to behave.



Don't Worry, Be Happy

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Of course, as we have pointed out, there are a whole bunch of things to consider thoroughly before yu just go and adopt the first cute dog you see. But these things needn't turn you off the whole thing. They should just serve as ways to ensure the experience is a good one for both you and your new best friend.