Possible questions you should ask yourself before getting one.
Ask yourself a question why are you getting a dog?
- If your friend has one.
- If you want to impress opposite sex.
- If you live in a remote place and want him to guard your home, etc
Self questioning is best way to find out whether you want to have a dog for couple of hours or rest of your life.
Are all family members ready to have dog at home?
You might be a dog lover but your family may not. There is equal possibility that they may treat him like a object rather than living organism. Discussion with your family members is must else you would regret later.
Do you have stable lifestyle? Do you have time?
Having a dog is like having your own kid. If you are at the progressive stage of career, you have to put extra efforts toward daily routine ( at least till he grows up). If your job deals with constant travelling do check if there is anyone else to take care of him in your absence. If your planning to take along your dog while travelling do adopt a local dog ( they have better tolerance) and also calculate extra travel expense (Hotels and cafe would charge excess if your dog owner). And last but least train him to travel in crowd.
Does your society, apartment people allow to have dog?
This is an important question. Society’s Secretary can be hilter of your life if he hates dog. Useless complaints, fight over silly issue will soon follow. All you can do is train your dog to stay quiet in apartment. Make a meetup of dog friendly people of your society this people will help you later. Don’t get a home in a center of city. And have contact of animal welfare community.
Are you financially ready to afford a dog?
Remember you are one member to family. You have to give him full meal not just biscuits, take him to vaccine , have him some toys and bed. Also dogs in their initially days would damage a lot of furniture and household stuff. Be ready to bear it.
Change in lifestyle.
You may not meet your friends because your football practice time and dog’s walk time might clash. Not all of your friend might be friendly with animals and hence they would stop visiting you. It is also true that you would make new friends ( dog parent friends) and I guess any lifestyle that bring more happiness is good.
Getting a dog is a important decision. Your life would definitely change but at the same knowing the consequence is important. Thousands of pets end their life at shelter due amateur or careless owners. Get the responsibility only if you can take care of it.