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Why not (yet) a dog?

Why (not) get a dog?

7 signs why you might be better off (not) getting a dog

Almost everyone with a dog will tell you how amazing they are. A dog always faithfully follows you and thinks you're the most wonderful person in the world. Maybe you're thinking, "I'm getting a dog!" Make sure, however, that you are capable of caring for this dog and taking on the responsibilities. Below are 7 examples for people who might be better off not getting a dog.

1. You're not home enough to take care of a dog.     hond alleen thuis blijven                                                               

If you have long working days, regularly go on business trips, or enjoy going on vacations, a dog is probably not a good choice. There are options to bring your dog to friends or family or, for example, use a dog walking service; in some cases, this is the solution. Keep in mind, though, that the majority of the upbringing and care for your dog still lies with you, and this can be quite time-consuming.

2. You or someone in the house has a severe allergy to dogs.                                              

A mild pet allergy can be managed in some cases. However, if someone in the household has severe or even life-threatening reactions to the animal, it's not possible to keep one. If you still want to spend time with a dog, you might consider occasionally pet-sitting at other people's homes or visiting a local animal shelter or rescue.

3. You really want a puppy because puppies are cute.                                                

Puppies are undoubtedly cute. Your social media channel will become much more interesting when you post daily pictures of that adorable pup. However, keep in mind that that little brown/black fluffball will turn into a large Bernese Mountain Dog of 40+ kg that needs the entire couch all to itself. Also, some dogs and their food can cost a fortune. Scientific research has shown that puppies always grow into adult dogs. So, make sure you know what that cute pup will look like when it's fully grown; take a good look at the breed.

4. You're not financially (yet) ready.                                                                                

Dogs love tasks and commands, unfortunately not the kind that puts bread on the table. Please carefully examine your financial situation before getting a dog. Consider costs for healthcare, vaccinations, toys, shampoo, bowls, bed, collar, leash, crate, food, and any other expenses. However careful you are, accidents can always happen, and although insurance can help, vet appointments and surgeries can be a drain on your wallet in some cases.

5. You absolutely love your fantastic house with new furniture.                                      

Don't assume that your Golden Retriever won't shed because it's noticeable on your dark floor or furniture. A pet means you're obligated to clean more than you might be used to, and you might have to clean up its poop or pee if there's an "accident" in the house.

6. You want your children to take care of the dog.                                                            

This is an important point. Children will spend a lot of time with a dog and may have been begging for one for years. However, you cannot assume that a child can take on the full responsibility of raising a dog. Ultimately, the well-being and upbringing of a dog are the responsibility of an adult.

7. You're not in the right phase of your life.                                                                       

When you love a dog, its short lifespan (compared to humans) is never long enough. However, keep in mind beforehand that a dog will likely be in your life for 10 years or longer in most cases. This requires a lot of responsibility, and you need to be able to handle it. If you're planning to go back to (full-time) studying, want to go on that world trip, or have other grand plans, then this is probably (still) not the right time to get a dog. Make sure you're ready before getting a dog.

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