Acquisition: How your life with dog changes
Acquiring a dog – yes or no? This question occupies many animal lovers. The spontaneous answer for most is, of course, “Yes!” But you should not act in haste. Consider beforehand: do you have enough time for dog training and does the four-legged friend fit into your living environment? Here you get a few tips.
With a dog your family is enlarged by an animal member. But does every family member really want to make friends with the furry nose? Ultimately, every two-legged housemate will have to deal with dog training – otherwise they will make life difficult for you, their environment and themselves.
Clarify in advance: who will walk the animal friend in the morning, who in the evening? When will the dog be fed and how? These are all tasks that you as a dog owner have to face. If you have other animals in the household, you should also think about whether they would be okay with a dog in their home.
Acquire a dog? A question of time
You probably realize that getting a dog is a decision that will affect many years of your life. Of course, no one knows what will be in ten years, but the willingness to take care of your best friend for a long time is a basic requirement for master and dog to live together. It starts with the daily schedule.
Keep in mind that you should not leave your darling alone for more than about four hours a day. In addition, he must regularly go outside, needs employment and attention. This can be done through special training at the dog club, but also with a little imagination at home and during walks. The only important thing is that you spend time with your four-legged friend and are happy to do so.
If there are other animals living in the household, plan additional time and attention for the reunion. You may also need to remodel your home a bit so that both animals have enough space and retreats.
Getting a dog: Consider cost and age
If you want to acquire a dog, this is in most cases associated with an increase in fixed monthly costs. Dog equipment, food, tax, insurance, veterinary costs. All of these are expenses that are incurred on a regular basis. The veterinary visits do not become in addition also less, dogs age and change thereby.
When the animal companion feels his bones and may no longer walk, when his senses diminish, he becomes deaf or blind, old age ailments develop and the four-legged companion may become senile, then special and intensive care is necessary. Old dogs enrich life enormously and are great companions, but they require a change of care. You owe them that after all the years of joy and love.