So, here are some very important questions you should ask yourself before you take that leap:
- What kind of job do you have and what kind of job do you want? If you’re someone who’s self-employed and plans to remain self-employed indefinitely, then excellent! You’re probably in an optimal life position to adopt a new dog or puppy! However, if you’re like most and you work in an office during the week, then it might be good to think about who will take care of the dog during the day. Unless of course you work at Google, where they let you bring your puppy to work every day...
- What are your finances like? How unfortunate it is that money has to dictate most of these big decisions in our lives. Nevertheless, getting a puppy isn’t too dissimilar from having a baby in that regard - you’ve got to make sure you can afford to feed it, take it to the vet, take it to doggy daycare, etc. This means looking at your finances through a telescope and seriously asking yourself what your money circumstances might look like in a couple years from now.
- How much time can you devote to training? If the answer is “very little” then certainly reconsider getting a puppy. It’s going to require a lot of patience and research on your part - this will most likely include cleaning up a lot of puppy pee off of your floor. Training a dog is a lot of hard work but it’ll be well worth it in the end if you can devote the time and resources to it.
- Do you have a significant other/roommates? If you live with other people, then chances are very strong that those other people will need to at least occasionally look after the dog. Needless to say, you’ll need to have a chat with your roommate(s) about whether they’d be okay with doing so every once in a while. If you live with your significant other, it’s important to have a talk about who will be responsible for the dog should the two of you end the relationship.
- How active are you? If you’re someone that likes to come home from your 9-5 job and veg out on the couch with Netflix every evening, then a husky isn’t going to be the breed for you. Regardless of the breed, you’ll need to be prepared to walk your dog every day even if you’re not the world’s most active person.
- Are you planning to start a family? This is an important question to consider because some dog breeds tolerate small children better than others. And of course, you’ll need to teach the kids how to respectfully interact with dogs. You certainly don’t want to be known as one of those people who gives away their dog because he didn’t take too well to the baby, do you?
- How often do you plan to travel? If you’re not much of a traveler and don’t plan to be in the future, then you won’t have to worry about boarding your dog at daycare for extended periods of time. If you have caught the travel bug, however, then it’s good to consider which breeds of dogs have the least amount of separation anxiety.
- How patient are you? This might be the most important question of all! Almost everyone will agree that puppies are the most adorable little things since sliced bread, but not enough realize how much hard work goes into having a puppy that eventually becomes a well-behaved adult dog. The process is going to involve a lot of furniture-chewing, accidents indoors, hand-nipping, high-pitched yelping, leash-tugging, jumping, and eating random things off the ground. If you read all of these things and still thought “game on,” then congratulations, you might be ready to be a puppy parent!