Things to Know as a First-Time Dog Owner

First-time dog owners have many things to think about. Breeder or adoption? Age and breed? Training and medical attention also need to be considered. Be ready before getting that dog!

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Things to Know as a First-Time Dog Owner
2 Min Read August 23rd, 2022

Nothing is more exciting than adding a new member to the family. Having a dog around can really brighten up the place, but it's also a responsibility, and a big one at that. Taking care of a dog, especially a puppy, is very similar to caring for a child. If you're planning on adding a new furry friend to your household, you need to know a few things first. 

This article will cover everything first-time dog owners need to know.

Dogs Cost Money

You'll quickly start noticing the similarities between caring for a pet and a child. It all begins with the cost. Like children, dogs can cost a lot of money for their care. Food, supplies, toys, beds, puppy pads, and even a kennel can be pricey. Not to mention, the dog itself could potentially cost you a fortune. 

There are a few ways of getting a puppy. You can visit your local shelter or pet rescue and adopt one or look for a breeder or a local pet store. The former is much more affordable than the latter, as adoption usually costs $100 to $200 on average. When it comes to purchasing one, you can expect to pay as much as $3000 just for the dog. That's not counting the other expenses you need. Breeders, in particular, can be very expensive, especially if it's an uncommon breed.

You may also be wondering what the difference is between adopting and buying. The only real difference is the price and where you get it from. Though it's worth noting that you must have it licensed, vaccinated, neutered, or spayed. Adopting a dog costs significantly less, and everything that was just mentioned is already taken care of for you. It just falls to personal preference, and there's no wrong answer. If you opt for buying, you'll want an easy way to pay for it, and there's no better way to do so than taking out a personal loan. 

A personal loan can be used for anything, which includes getting a dog. To reduce how much interest you pay back, try looking for personal loans with low monthly payments online.

Get to Know Your Puppy

Having pets add longevity and comfort to your life, but you'd be surprised to know how many owners acquire a pet and don't really get to know it. A dog isn't some mindless creature that looks cute. Each one has its own unique personality. If their personality doesn't mix well with yours, then it won't be a good time for either of you. The dog can be stressed out and unhappy, which you don't want to happen. Make sure to get to know every dog you come across until the perfect match.

Be Ready to Train

Whether you adopt or buy your new puppy, some training will be needed. An ill-behaved, untrained dog can be very difficult to handle at times. But remember that training your dog takes time and patience. You need to set some time for it in your schedule.

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Dogs and other pets can be beneficial for everyone. It can bring a better quality of life for empty nesters and older adults. Some older people may find it more challenging taking care of some dog breeds than others.

Being prepared for a dog is important. Being prepared for the costs and burdens of aging and declining health is critical. 

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