What are some good reasons to NOT get a dog?
Great question! I think anyone who considers owning a dog should carefully think about the reasons they shouldn’t. Here are 5 things for you to consider and help you think about the commitment you are about to make.
1) When you get a dog you assume the ethical responsibility for the well-being of thinking, feeling life which will quickly consider your family. This responsibility will last up to 20 years. Your dog will love you, need you, and does not deserve the pain and grief of being abandoned by someone who isn’t serious about adoption.
2) Dogs are animals. They are emotional and loving, but are also often wild and have instincts. Owning a dog is a little bit like having a child forever stuck at the age of 4… They won’t understand what you are saying, they won’t be reasonable when upset, they will make messes without regard for the consequences. This takes training for you and the dog. Here is a great place to learn about that.
But unlike a human child, they also have natural defenses and genetic instincts which you will be required to manage. Failure to do so can result in a dog that is out of control, aggressive, fearful, or severely psychologically damaged. Dog owners, like many parents, may come to learn that it’s not always cuddles and happy times. A dog is an individual living a real-life, they will have ups and downs, problems, tragedies. And as their family, their problems will become yours.
3) Dogs are expensive. Monetarily, and emotionally. They need your money to be fed, given healthcare, housed. They need your energy to be taught, loved, and managed. Their need for food, and more importantly their owner’s attention and effort, will remain a constant no matter how the economy or one’s job situation changes. If you need to find any supplies for them you can click this link and get anything you need from my pages!
If you get fired and can no longer afford to care for your dog, are you going to abandon them? What if your new marriage partner doesn’t want them? What if they bark and you must move, will you put your needs over theirs? They have to live with the grief and sorrow if this happens, and so do you.
4) Dogs are messy. They poop. They shed. They attract fleas. They track in dirt. They are little filth sponges. They are 4-legged avatars of chaos. They slobber. A lot. All while loving you.
If you can’t get over some dirt and drool and give them a hug, you probably aren’t in a good headspace to own a dog. If you require everything in its place and pristine, controlled living space, don’t get a dog. If you want to do what you want without interruption, don’t get a dog. Your dog will make a mess, they don’t clean the house, and they require your time not only to interact with them but to deal with their impact on the nearby environment.
5) Dogs die. After you step up to the challenge and become the kind of awesome dog guardian I wish there were more of, you will receive unbounded love, a lifetime of memories, and quite probably a terrible loss and grief when their all too short lifespan ends. You will watch them grow old, feel the pain of old age, see them remain a puppy in the heart but get so tired, and one day they will be gone. And it never gets easier.
Nothing makes me angrier than a half-hearted approach to being a dog owner. Dogs have deep feelings. They don’t deserve to think they have a home only to be dumped by someone who didn’t take some time to consider the implications of owning a dog. This hurts them… a lot. Dogs are alive, they are not toys. They exist for you, but you have to exist for them, too.
OWNING A DOG IS A MAJOR COMMITMENT.
I know this article may seem a bit counter-intuitive for a website about dogs but please remember my intent with this site is to improve the lives of all the coolest dogs on the planet. If folks would consider some of these things before spontaneously jumping into a commitment that will affect lives, It very well could prevent some serious issues, or even help someone evaluate and become a better pet parent.
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