According to a recent survey conducted by Rover, dog adoption rates have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and nearly one-third of respondents to the survey said they adopted a dog while coronavirus social distancing measures have been in effect.
While a furry companion can help ease the tension of these hard times and some might think they have the extra time to train a new dog, getting a family dog is still requires a commitment.
Here are a few things to consider before getting a family dog, according to PetBacker.com:
1. Can you commit? – Pet ownership is a long-term commitment. Dogs (and cats) have an average lifespan of 10-15 years. Dogs (and cats) require a lot of attention, and if you can’t devote your time for your pet, getting one is not a wise choice.
2. Can you afford? – Know your financial condition. Food, grooming, toys, veterinary care and treatment are the expenses you can’t avoid if you own a dog or cat.
3. Will a dog fit your lifestyle? – If you have long working hours, a busy social life and you travel a lot, think twice before getting a dog or cat. Dogs and cats need you to play and interact with them constantly. Solitude can lead to behavioral problems.
4. Do research – Do research beforehand on the pet you with to get. Grooming, nutrition tips and safety are things you need to know before you get a dog or cat. There are numerous resources online or ask a vet in your community.
5. Allergies – Make sure you or your family don’t have allergies toward fur and animals. If you are unsure if your children are allergic to dogs or cats, spend time at friend’s house that has a dog or cat.
6. Training – Potty training requires you to invest time and effort. Obedience training and behavioral training will help you keep your dog well behaved.
7. Get a vet – Find a veterinarian you can rely on for your dogs’ medical concerns. Your vet is the first person you should approach when your dog is sick or injured.