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What is it like to own a dog?

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I'm thinking of getting a dog, but before I do I would love to hear what it is actually like to own one.  Do they take a lot of time? What is your favorite part about being a dog owner? Are they hard to care for? Any info or insight you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
asked Jan 9, 2016 in Pets by Natalie
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Owning a dog is wonderful. It is a chance to have a pet of your own that is going to become a part of your family right from the word go.

 

While, it is exciting, there are moments that are going to be challenging as well. It can become even harder when it comes to puppies.


One of the key tips that a new dog owner should be looking at would be dog-proofing their property. Cover up the electrical outlets and anything that could be within the dog's reach. They are going to explore around and you want them to remain safe. Many people forget this [1].

 

They are not hard to care for as long as you are committed to doing your research. You need to understand the breed and listen to what your vet has to say. This is a mistake you cannot make [2].

 

The best part about being a dog owner is having someone who is going to be there with you every step of the way. It is a bond that is hard to describe and truly worth the effort you are going to put in.

 

References

 

1) https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/bringing-a-dog-home/tips-for-first-30-days-dog/

 

2) http://www.today.com/pets/uh-oh-10-mistakes-new-pet-owners-make-2D80556030

answered Jan 10, 2016 by kingusama92 (23,380 points)
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Owning a dog can be a real blessing. They give you unconditional love and almost always put a smile on your face. I am not currently a dog owner but I have been in the past; it was a truly rewarding experience.

 

There are some things to keep in mind, though. If you are frequently out of town, owning a dog is not a great idea. It can become difficult to figure out what to do with your dog each time you have to leave town. Also, you have to remember that you are responsible for cleaning up your dog's poop and most dogs are not on a timetable when it comes to when they "need to go". [1]

 

On the other hand, there are many perks of owning a dog. In addition to the love and affection they show their owners, they are also good for protecting against potential burglaries, they lower your stress levels, and they have even been proven to be good for your heart health. [2] In my opinion, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

 

 

1. http://fishofgold.net/2013/10/27/the-pros-cons-of-dog-ownership/

2. http://mentalfloss.com/article/51153/10-benefits-being-dog-owner

answered Jan 13, 2016 by erod429 (53,480 points)
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I've had and/or lived with three dogs over the course of my life, and those were among the happier years I remember more fondly than others. Companionship and someone to play or even exercise with was always available, and that benefit is hard to put into words. Most dogs are unconditionally loving and very loyal. There's also a safety factor in knowing your four-legged friend will start barking incessantly at unwanted visitors on your property. I always slept better with a dog in the home.

Still, there are drawbacks. Dogs are expensive at times, and they are also a commitment. You have to dog-proof your property and home, lest they break things and injure themselves. And they cost more than just dog food. Immunizations and vet bills add up, and are as regular as a person's own medical costs. Dogs also need time and attention, more so than cats. This time and attention is one of the benefits, but it also eats up a lot of your schedule. You'll get more activity and exercise, but you might not always feel like taking them out to do their business on late winter nights. You might also have to clean up after them.

Training is essential, even if expensive. Also, if you rent, you may have to pay additional fees or put a deposit down before getting a pet. You also have to have dog-sitting available if you travel out of town without your pets.

All in all, having a dog has a lot of benefit, but is also a lot of work. Before you can even get one, you have to make the decision between a rescue pet, adopting a local puppy or buying an animal. Personally, I would recommend a rescue dog if you can provide a good home to one.

[1]http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2106&aid=1543

[2]http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_before_getting_a_dog

answered Jan 14, 2016 by Topher (27,830 points)

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