A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas

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We are all well versed in the saying ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas.’ But sadly there are people out there who buy a puppy thinking he is cute, and then find they are not able to cope. Or enjoying a puppy when he is small and not realizing the costs of owning a pet, or not wanting an older dog. These are, of course, not true animal lovers. We would like to think if you are buying a puppy for Christmas it is because you have put considerable thought into the process. It may be that your children love animals and really want to look after a dog. Or perhaps you feel like a happy, loving pet will complete your family. Training a puppy and owning a dog is a huge responsibility. So today we’re going to look at what it takes to own a dog.

Can You Afford To Have A Dog?

Many people get overwhelmed by the cuteness of puppies. But the truth is, can you afford to own a dog? There are vaccinations, pet health insurance, medication, toys and food to all consider when buying a puppy. If you can, super! If you can’t commit to the cost for the next 12-15 years, then please don’t be silly enough to buy a puppy.

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Do You Have The Time To Take Care Of A Puppy

Puppies are super cute, but they are also incredibly mischievous! They require a lot of time and training. You are completely responsible for this new little bundle of joy, and you will have to invest hours into his training. Also, as he grows older, he won’t want to be left alone for long periods of time. Dogs are social creatures. You should never own a dog if you are out all day, every day at work. You also have to remember you will need to exercise your dog the time to take him on at least a couple of long walks a day. Think about whether you have enough free time to devote to a dog. Otherwise, it’s just not fair on them.

Are You Allergic?

Before you jump in ahead and choose the cutest puppy on the block as your pet, make sure you are not allergic to dogs! Unless you have been around a lot of pets, you may not know if you are allergic or not. Spend some time with the breed of dog you are looking to buy, and make sure you don’t start getting any symptoms. There are also tests that can be done by a medical professional to see what animals you are allergic too. If you are allergic but still desperately crave a puppy, fret not! There are some breeds, such as Poodles and Shih-Tzus that are less likely to cause allergies. But again, you must check yourself out before buying a puppy.

Decision Made?

If after all these questions, you have decided you are responsible enough and have enough time for a puppy, then there is no time like the present! Dogs bring so much joy and happiness into a home that they are worthy of becoming your new best friend!  


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