5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog

5 Questions to Ask Yoursef Before Getting A Dog

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog

Do you deserve to have us?

You see cute puppies running around your neighborhood. You see us in social media, particularly Instagram, posting cute photos of my fellow floofs or even cats, happily cuddled by their owners and everything is so perfect.

So you said to yourself with all excitement : β€œI’m gonna a get a dog!”

But, hold on. Let me just tell you that WE, DOGS, DOGGOS, DOGGIES WHATEVER YOU NAME US. WE ARE NOT TOYS, DOGS ARE NOT CARS, DOGS ARE NOT SEASONAL ITEMS, that when you people get tired of us, or if we get sick— You’ll just leave us in at the shelter just like that or even leave us on the roads! (Like here in Korea…)

Although getting a dog will not be lifetime commitment, you are looking to 10 to 20 years of commitment.

These are the questions you have to ask YOURSELF before you even think of getting doggies, as your companion. Or before even say : “You deserve us”.

#1 ARE YOU SURE, YOU REALLY WANT A DOG?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a Dog

Before you get a dog, ask yourself if you really, really want one. Owning a dog is not as easy as it looks. It is all and games. To have a dog is an actual serious commitment with full obligation.

Keep in mind that having us in your life can be expensive (if not very) and exhausting at the same time. dogs can be noisy, messy, and enrgetic that sometimes depending on breed might be difficult for you to keep up with (my mom isthe best example πŸ˜…).

So, even if you keep on telling yourself that you love dogs, or crazy about us, keeping and taking care of us is a whole different story. And you can’t blame us. Why? Because… We are dogs! Dogs are good tbeing dogs.

Choosing to have a dog means that YOU are stepping in to be our parent, YOU ARE SIGNING UP TO BE OUR PARENT which is a long-term commitment.

#2 DO YOU LIVE IN A DOG-FRIENDLY HOUSE?

Well, you don’t have to be living in a mansion to have us. But, if you do, that will be awesome!! 😍

What I meant by this is, if you are living in an apartment, make sure that you check it clearly with your real estate agent or your landlord whether you’re allowed to have a dog in your building. Let’s face it, there are places that doesn’t allow their renters to have four legged friends barking in the building.

Here in Korea that’s exactly the case.

For us doggies, living in an apartment means less running around in the backyard or even limits our movement especially if you are living in a small space. And if we’re not cared for, we may see or feel your place like a gilded prison.

But I’m not saying that furry friends like me can’t live in an apartment. It is possible, with few adjustments to be done on your side.

Second, here’s the sub-question : IS YOUR HOUSE PUPPY PROOF?

Okay, let’s put it this way, it’s like baby-proofing your house. When you human baby starts to crawl, you make sure the corners of your table has cover in it to make sure that the baby won’t hurt himself / herself just in case she / he bumps into it. Or if your baby starts to reach and chew on things, you make sure that you clear the space to avoid it, right?

It’s the same goes with dogs. Puppers love to explore and curious of everything, so it chews whatever in its path (except me, I don’t chew everything—)

It will be helpful if you, as our dog owners, set specific space for us at the beginning to avoid furniture damages that might hurt us as well. And also, be aware that there are plants that can be poisonous to your dogs so you may want to keep them (if you have any) out of reach same thing with cleaning supplies and other medicines as well.

Make sure that we don’t have access to your balcony, decks. Always keep your doors close, there’s a possibility that we might escape out of curiosity. Be careful with electric cords too.

This is just me bragging. My pawrents are so proud me😎. Because I don’t chew things that’s not meant for me. I mean, I won’t chew an electric cord? What if I got electrocuted? Shoes?? No way! I love socks though 🀩.

#3 DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME?

I consider this as crucial. Because most people are busy these days, it can be from work, friends or families. We can be very demanding with your time and energy.

So, do you have time? We, dogs as pets are like babies. We need you to have time for us. Not only if you’re bored and play with us for little while.

As a dog owner, you have responsibility to take us out for a dog walk. We need to go outside as frequent as possible.

5 Question To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog

Dog walking is important for us because it provides us exercise and good for our mental health as well. It is also great opportunity for us to socialize with other pets and doggies out there.

Importance of Dog Walking

Another thing is, dog walking gives us a chance to be exposed and interact with other hoomans aside from you.

Lastly, this is perfect to build the special bond between us dogs and YOU as our owners.

# 4 DO YOU HAVE PATIENCE?

The next thing you should ask yourself is, do you have patience?

As I mentioned earlier, raising a dog, a puppy or an adult dog, can be exhausting and challenging! So you have to be forgiving and willing to endure while your doggy is going through his / her learning curve.

Keep in mind that, IT IS NOT ONLY YOU WHO’S ADJUSTING, YOUR DOGGO IS IN ADJUSTING PERIOD TOO.

In addition to that, in order for us to grow well as a great companion, we are hope that you won’t only be patient to us but we also hope that you’ll be kind and loving. Dogs depend on you.

#5 DO YOU HAVE MONEY?

Last but not the least, Do you have money?

Having a pet in general requires you to have a budget. And of course getting a dog is no exemption whether it is from a shelter, breeder or pet shop or even just taking in a stray dog (like my case). The initial cost are just the beginning.

Again… this is a long term financial commitment.

There are two main cost range and (there’s also in -between) of getting a dog.

The first one is the initial cost which is also a one time expense, that involves the adoption cost or when you purchase a dog. This amount varies depending on the dog breed and where you get the dog from. The price range might also differ from country to country. To give you a rough estimate it may cost from $0 – $600 the least.

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog
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Aside from this, the first vaccination fee, preventive meds for heartworm, ticks etc. also falls under the initial cost which can be from $60 – $150. I forgot to mention Spay / Neuter which can range from $20 – $300. Depending on the dog’s size the cost may change as well. My mom paid almost $400 when I got Neutered.

Now, don’t forget about the basic ones like food, toys, bowl, leash, crate / dog house or bed which is under the general cost. You are probably looking into $50 – $200 roughly. Again, this will depend on dog breed and on YOU, the owner. If you’re like those people who love to dress us up, then, that’s another additional expense. Believe me dog clothes and accessories can be a little bit pricey.

Another thing that you may want to remind yourself of with regard to cost is, there’s also routine expenses like dental care which can be anywhere from $50 – $400 depending on your dog’s teeth condition. And let’s include grooming as well.

With all these bills, I’m still missing a few on the list : microchip & dog training. Based on this site, microchip can cost from $25 – $50. While here in Korea, it’s free. They do it to avoid further increase of abandoned dogs.

Dog training is something that can be considered optional. Although it is beneficial for us, doggos, the training can be costly depending on the type of training that your dog required. Some owners are opt for it while others prefer to do it themselves.

I hope I didn’t make you feel overwhelmed 😊.

So after you ask yourself these 5 questions and you answered yes. Try to re-evaluate yourself one more time. Do following steps before getting out of your house and get a puppy.

BEFORE YOUR GET A DOG…

DO YOUR RESEARCH. Take a moment to think whether you’ll get a puppy or an older dog moreover what dog breed that you think will suit you.

If you decide to get a puppy, then, please be reminded that puppies are cute and adorable but can be very active and will require 99% of your attention. Also, most of these puppies are still on house training, so expect that you’ll be cleaning their “dog poo”. If you’re not up to that, then you might consider getting an older dog.

An adult dog on the other hand, may be a much lower maintenance than puppies but an older dog may still have habits or behavior that would call for training. Another good thing senior dogs is they’re not as energetic as puppies. (I can sense that my mom feels jealous, every time she sees other doggies older than me, walking peacefully with their owners. We’re always on the run specially if I hear birds anywhere! *emoji)

Dog breed. Do your thorough research on what dog breeds that will suit your lifestyle, your condition and your place. Because each and every dog breeds has different needs, personality, and challenges. Meaning if you’re a homebody don’t get a dog that loves outdoor.

ADOPT OR FOSTER A DOG. Fostering a dog before adopting will be a great way for you to know if you are truly determined to be a dog pawrent. This is an opportunity for you to have a hands-on experience on raising a dog, rather than just imagining it. Aside from the fact that fostering a dog would be a great help for shelters, adopting from it has benefits too.

FINAL THOUGHTS

So, with all these questions laid out in front of you, Do you still want to have a dog?πŸ€”

I created this article not to scare you, future and present dog owners. It’s just that, seeing dogs in shelter, on the streets is heartbreaking. Those dogs used to have owners but for some reasons, they were abandon just like that.

Getting a dog is not simple, it is a decision that needs to be thought through. We, dogs are thankful for the attention and care you’re giving us. We are thankful for the love, but don’t give up on us if we fail you.

How about you? Do you own a dog? What are the things you ask yourself first, before you get your dog? What are the challenges that you faced on raising your pup?

I would like to know, please do share your experience on the comment below.

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12 thoughts on “5 Questions to Ask Yoursef Before Getting A Dog”

  1. Very interesting topic. And I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been wanting to have a dog but something’s holding me back.

    Like am I ready? As you stated, having a dog is such a huge responsibility.

    I might try to foster first as you advised. I think it’s a good idea.

    But, I have a question, how would I know if I can foster?

    Reply
    • Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your comment. Indeed, I know this topic is crucial and very important to consider before (even) thinking of getting a dog.
      There are a lot of dogs that got abandoned because their owners weren’t prepared enough to commit.
      That’s what triggered me to write this article.

      With regards to your question, it actually depends on where you live. And if you’re asking me if can foster, well,
      you can simply ask yourself the questions I’ve written in this post. If you can answers those questions in all YES-es then… you can

      Thanks again and be safe!

      Mina

      Reply
  2. This is very helpful. And totally agree with you. People should not treat a dog like an accessory, that you can just hang and use when needed.
    Having a dog means responsiblity.

    I wanted to have a dog, but because of my busy schedule, I couldn’t have one. It breaks my heart just to think of it, that I have to leave the dog alone when I go to work.

    Anyway, I’m sorry for rant. I hope, your article will reach many people.

    Reply
    • Adri,
      Hi! Glad you find my article usefule.
      And no worries, it’s okay to rant. Sometimes we need just to let it out.

      There are big numbers of abandoned dogs here in Korea, and most of the reason is that,
      their owners just can’t take care of them anymore for some reasons. Sometimes, their dogs got
      terminally ill, or their partner has allergies, etc.

      That’s what triggers me to create this post, in hope that it may serve as an opener to people who’s
      planning on getting a dog.

      Stay safe.
      Mina

      Reply
  3. Hey,

    I have never had a dog, but I did always want one when I was a kid but my parents wouldn’t allow it. Not because they were cruel, they are wonderful parents. But, I think it’s because they asked themselves these or very similar questions, and they come to the conclusion that it wouldn’t work.

    Well, my niece wants a dog and my brother is undecided to let her have one. These questions will definitely help him so I have forwarded them onto him.

    Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

    All the best,

    Tom

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    • Hey Tom,

      Well, to own a dog is not as easy as it looks. It’s a full time job.
      There’s a quote that says : You have a new job if you have a dog. It’s not exact words but it sounds like that.

      I wish your brother would allow your niece to have one. Having a child to be around pet has some positive effects both on the child and the dog.
      There are lot of breeds out there that are child friendly. Your brother just have to choose which one will work with his and his family’s lifestyle.

      Anyway, I’m glad that you like my post.

      D

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  4. Mina,

    This is a great post and it deserves to be shared with all families who want to have a dog.

    I was born and grew up in a house that always has dogs. Even until now, at my parents’ house, we still have 2 dogs. One of them is mine but I had to move out and lived in the USA with my own family. I can see him through a video call. My baby starts learning to call his name. πŸ™‚ So cute!

    In the US, we need to pay for the permit just to have the dog(s). Then, we also need to make sure their vaccinations are all updated. There’s so many important things we need to consider and follow if we really want to have dogs. So, our task is not only feeding them but also caring for their health and happiness as well. Happiness? Yes, by taking them for a walk, providing them toys they like, petting them, and involving them in our routines. They love that!
    The other thing is children, we need to teach them great ways to play with our dogs safely.
    I agree with you, they are not toys or cars to play with. They too have feelings.

    We treat our dogs as part of our family. They are also helpful in terms of helping my husband to cope with his stress for having to work 12hr shifts a day.

    If we treat them right, they’ll treat us with full of love and loyalty.

    Once again thank you for your post.

    High five from other dogs Mom,
    Ferra

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    • Hi Ferra,
      Thanks for dropping by and love reading your experience.
      And I didn’t know that you need to have apermit to have a dog in the US. That’s a good one.
      It makes the owner to be obliged and be responsible.

      It is true that we also so need to teach both our kids and dogs on how to deal with each other lol.

      All the best to your family and to your pooch.

      Mina

      Reply
  5. You’re right, people should think more before they act, especially when it concerns a living being.
    I live in a country (Spain) where most dogs are treated badly unfortunately. Because of the rules of the lockdown lots of people took in a shelter dog, because then they would be allowed on the streets themselves to walk the dog. And now the rules are loosened lots of these dogs are literally throwen back on the street, poor things.

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    • Hi Hannie,

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.
      I didn’t know that Spain has “that” condition for dogs. It is sad and awful.
      I wish it would change someday.

      D

      Reply
  6. What a cute pictures of dogs! Yes, its really important to ask yourself these 5 questions before taking a responsibility of a dog or any pet. If you can’t do then don’t do it. It’s better to leave them where they are (only if its safe and well for them) than getting it and neglecting them.

    Thanks for the reminder

    Best wishes

    Reply
    • Hi Habib,
      Thanks for appreciating my post.
      It is a common mistake that people make make ongetting a dog because of a sudden urge to get one
      without realizing that it is a fulltime commitment.

      I totally agree with you, if you can’t have a dog, then— just don’t get one.

      Stay safe,
      Mina

      Reply

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