1. Do you like dogs?
2. Does the health of your household allow for a pet dog? (allergies, etc.)
3. Does your building allow dogs?
4. Are you financially secure?
5. Does everyone in your house hold want a dog also?
6. Are you OK with picking up dog poop, mopping up dog pee,
or cleaning up dog vomit?
If you answered "no" to any of these, then you're probably not ready to
become a dog owner. That's OK though . . . you're still allowed to like them.
Decide what breed bests fits you, your schedule,
your activity level, and your household
Getting a pet dog is really a process of self-discovery. You can't know the right
dog for you until you know yourself. For example, an
athlete would prefer an active dog. Some folks would prefer a dog that doesn't
require much exercise. Some would probably prefer a dog that doesn't bark or
shed too much. Think of picking a pup like
choosing a mate; you have to find one that compliments your personality and
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|1. MAKE SURE YOU'RE READY TO GET A DOG
Here's the dog-owner's mantra: A dog is a living thing. A dog is a living thing. If you
want a dog because you think it'll look great in that new jeep you just bought at 15%
interest, think how much fun it will be when it tears up the leather upholstery so
thoroughly that even the repo man is impressed.
This isn't like buying a new pair of shoes. It's closer to having a child. A child that
doesn't speak English and occasionally eats poop. If that thought sends you
screaming from the room, consider another kind of pet instead, like maybe a fish or
a plant or a pair of shoes.
Repeat the mantra a few more times. A dog is a living thing. If you work from 8 a.m.
to 10 p.m. six days a week, you're going to have a lonely, unhappy dog on your
hands. How do dogs show their unhappiness? In the absence of being able to say,
"Pay attention to me," they'll do things like pee on your high school yearbook or
methodically eat all your CDs. This isn't their fault. All together now - a dog is a living
thing, a dog is a living thing, a dog is a living thing.
Here's a little "pup quiz" that will help determine if you are ready to add one more
member to the family. Answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions: