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The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Dog

Dogs are considered man’s best friend and a wonderful addition to the family. However, if you are thinking of adopting a dog, you must first consider the pros and cons of adopting a dog into the family.

Here is a little insight into the positives and negatives of living with a dog.

A lot of us get excited about adopting a dog but forget to understand how to function with one seeing they are a new addition to our lives.

Here are a few of the pros and cons of adopting a dog.

The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Dog

Pros of Adopting a Dog

There are many positives to owning a dog and these will give you a sense of satisfaction that you have received a new family member instead of just an animal.

Still not sure if you are making the right decision?

Here are a few positive factors to help you out.

Dogs are Great Companions

Pets, in general, love us unconditionally and that is more than enough for us to ask for.

Having a dog means you will come home to a furbaby wagging its tail and eager to jump on you with endless love and licks.

Their overall companionship is also priceless as they want to go everywhere with you.

They want to always be by your person, go for walks, take rides to the park, stretch out on the couch or bed, and watch that movie with a bowl of popcorn.

Your mental health is sure to be improved when you have a dog as they help you to be calm and relaxed.

Research has shown that having a dog can tremendously reduce your stress, anxiety, and depression levels.

Not to mention your physical health, having to take them on walks will also help to get you in shape.

Dogs Make Wonderful Guardians

Having a dog around will give you some sense of security as they are known to be quite alert to their surroundings and overprotective of their family.

They will alert you to any suspicious activities.

The good thing about it is there are certain breeds of dogs that are bred to provide maximum safety and guidance so be sure and research to see which would best suit your home.

Did you know dogs can detect fire and gas leaks in your home?

What other sense of alertness and responsibility do you need?

Two women talking in the park with their dogs

Dogs are the Perfect Icebreaker 

Dogs are great icebreakers if you are shy or have trouble meeting new people.

Want to strike up a conversation but don’t know how to start?

Well, the moment your dog enters the scene, it’s easy-going for you as they will give the first greeting to your guest.

Everyone loves dogs! This makes them a great way for you to spark new friendships and connect with your neighbors as well.

Even if they are not in the picture at the time, they make for a great conversation starter.

Unlike cats who sometimes can’t give you the time of day, dogs are always up for some good ‘ole loving and cuddling.

Dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants have even been on the rise over the past couple of years and are a great way to meet other dog-loving people.

Red poodle with tongue out

Dogs Provide Unconditional Love

There is nothing greater than coming home from a rough day and having some sweet love and devotion going home to meet up with.

The unconditional love they will give you will pave the way for you to have someone to nurture.

They help to train you for how well you need to handle your human children should you not have any but planning to do so.

It gives you a sense of responsibility and independence in knowing you are a parent.

For those who can’t or don’t desire to have children, having a dog will still give you the rewarding experience of parenting.

You will also have a foster guardian for your child should you be busy around the home.

They will give love and attention to your kids whenever your hands are full with other tasks and this with minimal supervision.

What more could you ask for?  

Cons of Adopting a Dog

With every advantage comes a disadvantage and seeing the many positives of having a dog, there are a few drawbacks as well.

Before getting a dog, here are a few negative factors to consider:

Increased Living Expenses

A pet is a dependent and as such, it is your responsibility as their parents to take care of them.

When you initially plan to get a pet, you have to consider living space to include toys, a bed, a leash, a collar, and other necessities to make them comfortable.

Additionally, there are other expenses such as food, treats, and other general upkeep expenses.

Dogs have to visit the vet now and again and will also require grooming to look and feel their best – this too comes with a cost!

For their general hygiene needs at home, you have to consider getting their shampoo, conditioner, brushes, toothpaste, and much more.

German Shepherd puppy laying on his side in a chair playing with toys

Dogs Require Care

If you work outside your home, you must consider how your dog will be cared for while you are away.

Will you have to get a pet sitter or take them to a doggy-care center? Or, will they be home alone?

Your daily schedule will need to change in order to allow for the care of your new best friend.

You will have to ensure you get up on time to feed them before going out and also returning home by a certain time to care for them.

If you often work overtime or you have a long shift at work without having someone to leave your dog with, it might be best to avoid getting a pet at this time.

Dogs Can be Time Consuming

Having a pet can be time-consuming as some dogs can show to be super independent and stubborn while others depend on you for everything.

Training is important but not all dogs take to it so easily.

However, for dogs who need full attention such as very young puppies or invalid seniors, it can take a lot of your time to get them up and around seeing you have to do most, if not everything for them.

Before adopting a dog, it is best to research what dogs can handle themselves if left alone for a short period of time as they are independent enough to take care of themselves.

After all, you won’t intentionally leave them at home alone but you might have to run a short errand and can’t necessarily take them with you.

Vet listening to German Shepherd's heartbeat with stethoscope

Costly Health Care

Having a dog is just like having a child that needs medical attention so that too could be a costly factor.

There is a high chance your dog may develop a hereditary disease or one that comes with old age. There is also illness and accidents to allow for.

Vet visits and bloodwork can hike up your bill to a scary amount.

With everything in life having both good and bad sides to it, it is best to consider both the pros and cons of adopting a dog before actually moving forward.

Proper planning, preparation, and possible pet insurance can make the journey with them a smooth one.

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