Whether you are adopting from a local shelter or purchasing from a responsible and reputable breeder, here are some important things to consider before welcoming a forever fur-friend into your home, especially around the holidays:
- Is everyone in the home on board?
- Are dogs allowed in the home/apartment?
- Is there room within the home?
- Have you researching breeds and their specific needs?
- Have you discussed what qualities you want in a dog?
- Are you willing to be patient during the adjustment/decompression period?
- Are you committed to them beyond the puppy stage?
- Are you prepared to care for them their entire life?
It’s important to make sure that everyone in the household is on board and understands the responsibility that comes along with getting a dog. This is also why it is not advisable to purchase a dog for someone other than yourself, especially if you don’t know their preferences or have their consent. Have you asked yourself how you will incorporate a furry-friend into your lifestyle? Are you willing to make adjustments to your lifestyle that accommodate a dog in your life? Not only does a pup require a lot of your time, but they are also a large financial commitment. Financial responsibilities include: county registration, vaccinations, spay and neutering, pet supplies, food, kennel expenses, daycare expenses, investing in training, grooming, etc. In the first year alone, the average annual expense can be upwards to $2,000, followed by ~$1,500 every subsequent year.
Assess your home environment. Does it provide enough space for your furry-friend to learn and grow? Are you able to provide secure surroundings for them where they can stretch their legs and exercise? If not, are you willing to look into facilities that provide these resources, like Dog Star Ranch. Do your research. What qualities do you want in a dog? What size? How energetic? How much time can you devote to exercising them? How much maintenance do they require? These are all questions you should be asking yourself when searching for the perfect forever fur-friend. It’s important to choose a dog that will fit in with your lifestyle. If you choose an active dog, be prepared to invest a lot of time and energy into properly exercising them. Finding the ideal dog that matches your lifestyle and personality takes time, so take the time to find the right dog. There is no need to rush!
Owning a pet is a lifelong commitment. Are you prepared to see your new furry-friend through all of their life stages to ensure that they are a well-rounded canine citizen? Recognize the commitment of your time and attention and be ready to put in the work. Oftentimes, animal shelters will see an increase in owner surrenders at the end of the year, in part to those who don’t think through everything that pet ownership entails. There is an adjustment period that both owner and dog go through. The holidays can put a strain on this adjustment period because it can be hectic and stressful time of year.
Remember: Dog Star Ranch is here to help you keep your fur-friend in your home. We are a valuable resource that can help with any of your needs!