5 Things to Consider Before Choosing your Furrever Friend

If you know me at all, you know I’ve been dreaming of owning a dog for years. I had 2 growing up and they were the weirdest/sweetest dogs in the world. Funny enough, we never actually planned to get them.

Our first dog, Pup-Pup, showed up on our doorstep like, “Hello, I live here now.” My mom brought our second dog, Sheila, home one day. She fell in love with her and just like that, we had two new cuddly family members.  

5 Things to consider before getting a dog

Sheila – the most beautiful dog ever

There are lots of things you should think about before looking for your furrrever friend. Are you ready for a dog? Consider these 5 tips before you make that commitment. 

1. Adopt, don’t shop

Puppy mills will charge you thousands of dollars and they usually don’t bother to take the proper precautions when breeding dogs. This leads to genetic diseases and can result in costly veterinary bills or sudden death. Dogs are kept in small cages, given little to no room to exercise and may develop behavioral problems. I know a couple who purchased a dog from a puppy mill by setting up a payment plan, their dog died and they are STILL paying for her.

Check out your local pet shelter. There are tons of adorable pups waiting to be adopted. If you’re seriously considering adoption, check their website often and see if your preferred breed is available. Rescued dogs might come with a few challenges, but rescuing is better for everyone! You may also want to consider a breeder. They take special care of their dogs and are aware of genetic issues, if there are any.

2. Consider where you live

I live in a teeny tiny apartment in Central Florida. It’s not a great idea for me to get a large dog or a breed with a big fur coat. 

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I’m looking for a little pup that will enjoy life sitting on my lap and going everywhere with me. A.k.a the bougiest dog out there. 

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3. Find a breed that fits your lifestyle

Most of my day is spent sitting on the couch and working. I would probably choose a breed that doesn’t require much activity. Still, every dog takes up a lot of time and energy. If you’re not home the majority of the day, then a dog isn’t for you. Maybe you should get a fish…or a cat. 

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4. This is a huge commitment

When you adopt a dog, be ready for a 10-15 year commitment. Sometimes families adopt a puppy and realize they don’t want to take on the responsibility.  As puppies, it is extremely important that you train, socialize and play with them every day. 

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You are that dog’s entire life.

This is the reason I haven’t adopted yet. I want a dog. I REALLY want a dog. But like my grandma taught me, this is a huge step and not something to take lightly. Dogs take a lot of work. But they also have so much love to give! 

5. Be prepared financially

If you’re not 100% ready to take on unexpected medical bills, then you’re not ready for a dog. Medical issues are pretty common and you should be prepared to make difficult decisions. If you needed to spend $5,000-$10,000 to save your dog, would you? This might be a question you’ll have to face.

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Let me apologize in advance. When I do find my perfect dog, you guys are gonna have to block me on Facebook and unfollow me on Instagram because there will never be a day where I don’t post a photo of him/her.

Dogs are better than people.

What else should you consider before owning a dog? Let me know!

5 Things to consider before getting a dog

5 Things to consider before getting a dog

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  • March 24, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this post, I love reading this what to consider first before choosing your forever buddy because having a pet, means having a big responsibility. Thanks again for sharing this post!

  • March 26, 2018

    Such a great article! Loved your blogs. You shared really great things to consider the choosing your forever friend. Thank you so much for sharing this post!

  • March 27, 2018

    I am going to get a puppy soon. I will definitely adopt. There are so many furballs who need love and care.

  • March 28, 2018

    Such a beautiful things to consider before choosing your forever friend. Incredible post!

  • February 11, 2020

    I love your post. It’s very thoughtful, something that many new owners are not when they buy puppies and forget that they won’t stay puppies forever.

  • March 22, 2020

    Getting a dog isn’t just a spur-of-the-moment thing. It involves a lot of thinking actually since it’s a huge commitment and entails a lot of responsibility. In case you’re ready for a dog, I recommend adopting one. I have 3 dogs and I adopted all of them. Let’s support our shelters instead of puppy mills that abuse these dogs and sell them for a high price. One more thing, being financially-ready is also important. Make sure you’re ready to shell out hundreds to thousands of dollars in case your dog gets sick. Of course, we’ll do everything for our furrever friend. Everything you need to know before getting a dog is here, which I’m sure will help a lot of people who are thinking about getting one. Thanks for sharing these amazing pointers!

  • May 01, 2020

    Choosing the right dog for your place is very important. I wanted a small dog that is quiet, does not bark unnecessarily and disturb the neighborhood and mingles well with everybody. This quest lead me to my pet pug, Such a lovely dog almost got a monk-like disposition, very calm, barely bark does not show much of an attachment and sleeps like he is meditating.