One of the most important things to know before getting a dog is that at some point you will want to give up. Adopting a pet is much more difficult than simply falling in love with a face at the shelter. It involves completely changing your life to accommodate something else.
Here are 3 of the biggest mistakes people make when adopting a dog:
Skip the self-evaluation phase
One of the most important things to know before getting a dog is yourself. If you are physically active a low energy breed won’t meet your need for a running companion. If you have a small living space, a large breed will not have the room it needs to run and play. Taking care of a dog is a 10 to 15 year commitment. Before you head to the shelter, take stock of your habits, time constraints and available space.
Not consider their travel habits
People who love to travel or who travel extensively for work can be successful pet owners. Unfortunately, making travel arrangements for your dog can be difficult and expensive. Bad pet owners won’t consider their travel habits before adopting a dog and will simply leave their dog behind without making proper boarding arrangements after they bring them home.
Adopt the wrong breed
One of the biggest reasons why people surrender their dogs is that they adopted a breed that was not right for them. Certain breeds have certain characteristics that are a part of their genetic make up. If you want a lap dog, a golden doodle will not suffice no matter how cute they are. A little research into the type of dog you are considering will reveal more than their picture on the shelter’s website.