At one point or another, pretty much all families have weighed up the idea of getting a dog. The new addition could really brighten up the home and is a great way to teach your children so many life lessons. And above all else, they are just too darn cute!
However, getting a dog is a major decision. Like any other huge life choice, it is one that needs major consideration. There’s no doubt that a pet can enhance your family’s home life. However, this isn’t something that you should rush into blindly.
If you’ve got kids, then there is a good chance that they were the ones to plant the seed in your head. Millions of children love the thought of having a dog. It’s not hard to understand why as they are a fun companion that can quickly become your son or daughter’s best friend. To use an old cliché, a dog is a man’s best friend. However, to use another, a dog’s for life not just for Christmas.
What happens if your child gets bored of the dog or stops doing the chores needed to care for it? Some kids will continue to look after the pet long-term and it is a great way to introduce responsibility to them. But it’s important to acknowledge the possibility that they won’t. Have you got the time to pick up the pieces?
Time consumption isn’t the only consideration to make. There’s also money. It’s sad to think that finance could be a reason for not getting a pet but that is the harsh reality. You should carefully weigh up whether you’ve got the money for food, activities and other necessary items. That shouldn’t serve as a deterrent, yet it is an aspect that needs to be recognised. Even if it means making a few sacrifices elsewhere, it should normally be possible to find the funds.
Dealing with illness is another key point to remember. While pet prescriptions should battle minor issues to promote a long and healthy life, there could be times when the dog faces serious problems. Are you ready to cope with those emotionally and how will you support your kids from them? The happy moments will normally outweigh the sad times without any contest.
There is no real right or wrong answer and the decision has to be made judged on your personal situation. However, if you’ve already got pets then this is one of the times when getting another pet could make home life difficult. Getting different species to integrate can be tough. As long as you are prepared for some bumpy times ahead, it can still work.
Getting a dog is a major decision and there are pros and cons to be had on both sides of the argument. The new addition can cause a strain, especially during the settling in period. In most cases though, a dog will increase the joy in your family.
At the end of the day, that’s all that anyone could ever hope for.