A lot of us at some point have contemplated buying or adopting a dog. The dilemma is profoundly larger for first time dog owners who had never had a dog in their family. While all of us immensely love the innocence and loyalty of a dog, there are a few crucial factors to be kept in mind before committing to the decision. Taking full responsibility for a living being, which is fully dependent on you, is a big thing and it is only reasonable that you take this decision with your eyes open. Here are the top 5 things you can keep in mind while making your decision to buy a dog.
It costs a bomb.
And by cost I don’t mean the initial cost that you incur in buying your favourite dog breed pup. Food and maintenance costs alone can be easily to the north of Rs. 7000-10,000 per month. That’s more than Rs. 1 lakh of expenditure in a year. And this does not account for any expensive treatments that you might have to incur for treating your dog’s hip dysplaxia or a cancer.
Dog food is becoming really expensive these days with a variety of brands vociferously offering better and organic pet food. It is a big booming business for all Companies trying to maximize the share of your wallet.
You have to buy dog toys and then buy more once the old ones are quickly destroyed by your beloved puppy. There are so many vaccinations, expensive pet grooming/nail cutting sessions as well as treatment of injuries.
And if this is not enough there is the additional cost of dog proofing your home and the cost incurred while your dog chews your sofa’s, beds and so many other things. So be ready to bear all these costs and yet keep smiling.
Adjustments in your life.
A dog is not something that will just sit around and be always available for your petting. It is a living being with a lot of needs. Needs like regular pooping, peeing, eating, exercising, barking and so many more. Training dogs to do these things as per your preferences is definitely a priority. But it is much easier said than done.
Second permanent work around in your life would be to have someone available to take care of your dog. That means in case you are out of station, you need to find someone to pet sit your dog. You might find quite a few willing pet sitters for a cute puppy but good luck to finding a pet sitter for an adult Bulldog.
Then there will be errands. Errands for buying dog food, to Veterinarian Doctors for vaccinations, to pet salons for hair grooming and so on. Dogs need as much running around as babies and there is no easy way out.
If you are lucky enough, you have a dog which does not bark much. But a lot of first time dog buyers don’t do much research and if you happen to buy a Pomeranian, be ready to wake up at nights just to soothe your furry pet. Your dog’s persistent barking does not seem so cute at night. And if you are a great dog lover and barking does not bother you, it would definitely bother your neighbours. You will face a heck lot of complaints from your neighbours, your society administration and your family members as well. Here is list of top 5 dogs most suitable for apartments.
Forcing your dog to like your guests.
Having guests at home will no longer be the usual. You have to ensure that your dog is securely fastened before you open the front door. And then you have to calm it down from the incessant barking on the family intruders. In case of guests with children, you have to be cautious that they don’t provoke the dog. And that your dog does not bite their finger. And in case of guests who stay for many days, you have to make sure your dog likes all of them. Each and every one of them. And in case your dog doesn’t, you can imagine the rest!!
Travelling with pets
Travelling with pets in India is still a huge hassle. Hotel’s will say no to having dog’s, it would be a big pain to make them travel in public transportation like buses, trains or even flights. Not to mention that it incurs heavy additional cost. An effortless trip will now require double the planning and thrice the effort.
Training of puppies is a big issue. Some dog breed puppies are easy trainable and some can be quite stubborn and intractable. And it can be quite a dampener if your puppy does not like to follow orders. Dogs need to be controlled in their engagement with the social world. Otherwise, they would poo anywhere, they would bite anyone and they would simply continue their barking monologue. It is no open secret that the most intelligent dog breeds are the most easily trainable. You can find out the top 10 most intelligent dogs breeds here.
Raising a happy pet requires quite a lot more responsibility than is initially understood. Talking to a few pet owners can throw up some valuable insights before you make your decision. But ask any dog owner and they will excitedly tell you that there are few joys better than having innocent, unconditional loving dogs around you. Dogs have emotions and they rule your hearth with them. They are funny, they are smart, they are naughty and they are always loyal. The pure joy that you experience with them makes all the above responsibilities fade into oblivion.