So many people think about getting a puppy just because they saw a dog on Instagram and think it’s really cute. But there is so much more to owning a dog!
Are you also thinking about getting a puppy? Then this blog post is for you! We will cover 3 of the most important things you need to consider before getting a dog to help you decide if it’s the right decision for you!
1. Can You Afford a Dog?
First of all, let’s talk about money! Very often we get asked “How much did you pay for Nello?” or “How much is the price for Italian Greyhounds?” – and while we do understand that this is important to know too, it’s definitely not the first question you should ask.
It’s not the price you pay the breeder that makes a dog expensive, it’s everything that comes after that! Just think about all the things you need, for example
While most expenses are somewhat predictable (for example yearly check-ups, dentals, vaccinations), some aren’t. Unfortunately, while Italian Greyhounds are generally a quite healthy breed, there are a few common health issues like leg breaks and surgeries can easily cost you a fortune (unless you get pet insurance). Just imagine your dog needs surgery and you are not able to pay for it…A nightmare.
So before you even consider getting a puppy, make sure you can afford it and cover all the expenses that might occur.
2. Do You Have the Time for a Dog?
Another very important question you should ask yourself is: Do you have the time for a dog?
Especially if you get a puppy, they will demand your attention almost 24/7. They will most likely chew on everything in the beginning, need to be potty trained and learn to stay home alone in order to prevent separation anxiety.
If you are working, can you bring your dog or do you need someone who will take care of your dog while you are at work? Even once your puppy is grown-up, it would be irresponsible to leave them home alone for the whole work day. Maybe hire a dog walker or see if you can find a doggy daycare near you.
And what if you want to go on vacation and can’t bring your dog – do you have someone who would take care of your dog?
3. Are You a Responsible Dog Owner?
And last but not least, you need to be aware that the decision to bring home a puppy is not just for now – it’s for a dog’s lifetime! And the average lifespan of dogs is between 10 to 13 years.
If you are still going for school for example, do you know what your life will look like in the future? Will you still be able to take care of a dog?
Of course, if you really want something, then you will find a way. You don’t need a plan for everything right now! But you need to be honest to yourself that this is what you really want. Because if you get a dog, you’re not only responsible for your own life, but another living creature that deserves to be treated in the best way possible.
Conclusion on Getting a New Puppy: Think It Through Carefully Before You Make a Decision!
If you’ve answered all of these questions with “yes”, then that’s already a good sign that getting a dog is a good decision.
Dogs are wonderful creatures and they can make your life so much better – but only if getting a dog was well thought through. So do your research before you bring home a puppy!
In case you want to find out whether an Italian Greyhound is the right breed for you, then definitely read our blog post on that. Be sure to check out the 5 Things We Wish We Had Known Before Getting an Italian Greyhound, too!