I keep hearing stories about how people who got dogs during the pandemic to keep them company at home, now don't want their fur babies because they have to return to work. This makes me so sad, and angry! How can you bring a precious pup into the house that gives you unconditional love, only to say I don't need you anymore? So here are a few things to consider before bringing a dog into your house if you've not been a pet owner all your life. One thing is the mess. Be prepared for cleaning little puppy pee spots. House training is not really that hard for most breeds, and they'll look forward to letting you know they need outside when they learn it. If you get a dog when there's a lot of snow on the ground and they are not house trained, you might want to buy some puppy pads and train them to pee on those. They work! Next, there's the yard mess to deal with. Once your dog is trained to poop in the grass, oh, believe me, they will poop in the grass! A lot. LOL Some people like to send their dogs to puppy school. That could be an expense you are not prepared for. Feeding your dog can be expensive as well. And then there's the issue of wanting to go to the beach for a couple of days, do you bring the dog or not? Do you have a doggie door and a fenced yard so the dog can stay home? All of these things need to be considered before jumping in and bringing home that little bundle of unconditional love and then deciding you don't want it. I wish I could take them all.

Here's a good list of things to keep in mind before you get a 'temporary' best friend:

Dogs will chew on and ruin things.
Dogs will dig in the yard
Dog urine will stain your grass (mostly female dog urine)
Dogs can't be left alone while you go on vacation - they will need a sitter or stay at a boarder.
Dogs require regular health checkups, and this costs money
Dogs runaway
Dogs shed
Dogs require a license
Dogs require food
Dogs need shelter
Dogs require exercise and walks
Dogs need love and attention
Until your dog is crate or house trained, you can't just leave them alone in the house for extended hours. They have a bladder.

 

 

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