Dogs are often referred to as man's best friend, and for good reason. They are loyal, loving and make great companions. However, owning a dog is not for everyone, and there are several reasons why someone might want to think twice before bringing a dog home.
Let’s briefly explore ten of the top reasons you shouldn't buy a dog. (But let’s just hope we end up convincing you that a puppy is in your future.)
Adoption or purchasing fees can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the breed. And that's just the beginning. You'll also need to purchase food, toys, and bedding, which can add up quickly.
In addition to the initial cost, there are also ongoing expenses. Dogs need regular veterinary check-ups, vaccinations, and preventative medications, such as heartworm prevention meds.
They may also require medication for chronic health conditions, such as arthritis or diabetes. And, if your dog gets sick or injured, you could be facing significant unexpected veterinary bills.
2. Time Commitment
Dogs need to be fed, exercised, and given attention regularly. This can be challenging for people with busy schedules or those who travel frequently. Dogs need to be walked several times a day, and some breeds require more exercise than others.
In addition to the time commitment required for exercise, dogs also need socialization and training. Socializing your pup with other four-legged friends (not to mention, people) is essential to prevent behavior problems such as aggression and anxiety. Training is also necessary to teach your dog basic commands and good manners.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility. Dogs rely on their owners for everything. You’re responsible for your dog's health and well-being, and this includes providing a safe and loving home. They can’t voice any issues that they might have. Their owners are their advocates.
You’ll need to make sure your dog has enough food and water, as well as a comfortable place to sleep. You'll also need to provide regular veterinary care and ensure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations and preventative medications.
4. Life-long Care
Dogs can live for 10-15 years or more, which is a significant commitment. Owning a dog is a long-term commitment. Prepare to care for your dog their entire life. This means providing for them financially, emotionally, and physically.
It's essential to think about your future plans before getting a dog. Are you planning on moving in the near future? Do you have any major life changes coming up, such as a new job or a new baby? These factors can impact your ability to care for a dog long-term.
Another reason not to buy a dog is allergies. Some people are allergic to dogs, and this can cause significant health problems such as sneezing, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Allergies can be mild or severe, and in some cases, they can be life-threatening.
If you or someone in your household has allergies, it's important to consider this before getting a dog. Spend time around dogs before making a doggie decision to see if allergies are an issue.
Side note: Not to honk our own chosen hounds horn, but Doodles are as hypoallergenic as a pooch gets.
6. Housing Restrictions
Many landlords and apartment complexes have restrictions on pets, and some do not allow dogs at all. If you rent your home, it's important to check with your landlord or property management company before getting a dog. You may need to pay an additional pet deposit or monthly fee, so be sure to have that in your budget before biting the bullet.
7. Behavioral Issues
Dogs can develop behavioral issues for a variety of reasons, including lack of socialization, separation anxiety, and fear. Behavioral issues can be difficult to address, and they can lead to a lot of stress and frustration for both you and your dog. This is especially true of a dog that hasn’t been with its owner since the beginning.
Some common behavioral issues in dogs include barking, chewing, digging, and aggression. These issues can be difficult to manage, and they may require the help of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist.
Before getting a dog, it's important to research the breed you are considering to learn about any common behavioral issues. You should also be prepared to address any behavioral issues that may arise with training and patience.
8. Travel Restrictions
If you enjoy traveling, owning a dog can be a challenge. Many hotels and vacation rentals do not allow pets, and it can be difficult to find someone you trust to care for your dog while you are away.
You may need to pay for a pet sitter or board your dog at a kennel while you are traveling. This can be expensive, and it can also be stressful for your dog to be away from you for an extended period.
Before getting a dog, it's important to consider your travel plans and whether or not you will be able to bring your dog with you. If you plan on traveling frequently, you may want to consider a different pet that is more travel-friendly, such as a cat or a fish.
9. Time Investment for Training
Dogs require training, and this can be time-consuming. Training is necessary to teach your dog basic commands and good manners, and it can take weeks or even months to fully train your pup.
Training also requires patience and consistency. You will need to be willing to spend time working with your dog every day to reinforce good behaviors and correct bad ones.
If you do not have the time or patience to do so, a dog may not be the right pet for you. Consider a different one that requires less training.
10. Potential Legal Issues
We’ll admit… this one’s a bit of a stretch, but… Owning a dog can also come with potential legal issues. If your dog bites someone, you could be held liable for the injuries. This can lead to costly legal fees and even lawsuits.
In some areas, certain breeds of dogs are restricted or banned outright. If you own one of these breeds, you may face fines or even have your dog seized and euthanized.
Before getting a dog, it's important to research the laws and regulations in your area to ensure that you comply.
While dogs make wonderful pets, they’re not the right pet for everyone. Owning a dog requires a significant time and financial commitment, and it can come with a lot of challenges, including potential behavioral issues and legal problems.
Before getting a dog, it's important to consider whether or not you are prepared for the responsibility and commitment that comes with pet ownership. If you do decide to get a dog, be prepared to provide your pet with the love and care they deserve, and to address any issues that may arise with patience and training.
If you see now that the grass is greener on the Doodle side of the fence, reach out and let us help you find your newest furry family member. We’re here for any and all of your puppy needs.
Jenna and the JLDD Team