As you all know, we love dogs. Our two have been a wonderful addition to our lives. They are truly magical, so I can highly recommend dog ownership.
However, owning a dog is a big responsibility, and is not something that everyone is in a position to take on. To help you to work out whether dog ownership is an option for you I have put together this short post.
One the biggest surprises you get when they first own a dog is just how much of your time they take up. Every dog, even small dogs, has to be walked at least once a day. In addition, you will need to take it to the vets, and may want to take it to training classes as well. If you have a puppy, you will gradually have to get him or her used to being alone. Training them to do this will take several weeks, so at first you will need to take time off work so you can train them.
It is also important to realise that a dog is for life. If you are elderly, you need to think about what would happen to your pet if you were no longer able to care for him or her.
Dogs, even small ones, are not cheap to keep. You can get hold of items like collars, leads, beds and toys second hand. However, there is no way around the monthly costs of feeding your dog, keeping it parasite free and healthy. Before you get a dog, it is wise to sit down and work out if you can really afford to care for him or her.
If you are on a tight budget, you may still be able to offer a home to a rescue dog. Some animal charities will take care of most of the costs if you are prepared to look after the dog well.
Dogs need their own space. Therefore, it is important to get a dog that is not too big for your home.
I hope that you have gone through the list of considerations above and concluded that you can get a dog. So, the next time you see puppies for sale in Scotland or near where you live, I hope that you will be able to stop and have a look.
If the opposite is true and you have concluded that you are not in a position to take on the responsibility of a dog please do not feel disheartened. One day you will likely be able to get around the issues, and get your own dog. In the meantime, there are other ways to be a part of a dog’s life and enjoy their company.
Sharing a dog
There are several ways to do this. A great option is to go to your local rescue kennel and volunteer.
If you have an elderly neighbour who is struggling to get out as much as they would like volunteer to walk their dog for them. If you are lucky, you will have a dog-sharing scheme in your area. You can find out more about how this type of scheme, here.