Things to Consider Before Buying a Dog
Don’t get me wrong, I love my dog, but she can be a huge hassle and a lot of work at times. There are some things to consider before you buy your first dog.
These are not reasons to not buy a dog, but things to be conscience that I have learned in the first year so far (of my “own” dog).
Anywhere you go for more than eight hours (work) you need to find a place for your dog to go or take them with you. Either one works fine, especially if you have family in town that can watch them for you. Getting a younger niece or nephew to watch them and give them $20 and enjoy the weekend.
If you decide to bring the dog with you, you may be carrying more luggage than you would with a baby. Be prepared to bring food, water, toys, dishes, blankets, and a bed or kennel for your dog. Remember, not all hotels, parks, or even campgrounds allow pets, so you must choose wisely.
When your puppy is in training mode be prepared to get up a lot at night to take them out potty. Until they can hold their bladder they will be peeing every 2-3 hours or so. When my puppy stayed with me in the summer when she was little it was usually 2 hour blocks of sleep.
If you have never trained a dog before it is a good idea to take them to obdience school. I have a small beagle with my girlfriend and we both have had dogs before but it is a lot different when you have to do all of the training. It may be a worthwhile investment to save you some of the hassle of training your dog basic commands.
Our dog must hate us, because when she sees new people she goes absolutely bonkers and freaks out with excitement horribly. She could sleep all day then someone will come over and she will act like she drank 500 Mountain Dews and a Red Bull.
She also decides when it is time to be hyper, so be leery and ready for it, it could be 2am or 6am, you just never know.
Having your own dog is a great experience, it just takes a lot of work and be prepared to work on training them, the problems when traveling, lack of sleep, and obdience training that you will need to take care of.
Photo Credit: Gore Fiendus (Jerry Frausto)