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Are You Really Ready To Adopt A Dog?
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Questions To Ask Yourself

  • Have you done homework, such as reading about housebreaking, training, behavioral problems, and daily care of a dog? What kinds of dogs are best for you and your family?

  • Will your working hours allow enough time to provide the care and exercise a dog needs every day?

  • If you have children, will you have time to provide the daily care and exercise a dog needs every day?

  • Will you have enough money to cover food, toys, annual vet exams, vaccinations, monthly heartworm preventative, flea control, unexpected medical costs, grooming, training, and boarding the pet when you travel?

  • Are you ready to live with a pet?

  • Can you depend on your children not to pester a dog and let a dog out the door?

  • Will you be able to watch the dog at all times when children visit your home?

  • If considering a puppy, will you be able to arrange for midday visits -- since puppies need to go out every 4 hours or so to become housebroken?

  • Do you have time for obedience training and teaching house manners as necessary to help the dog become a good companion?

  • Do you travel frequently, and if so, what are your plans for the dog?

  • If you move, can you be sure your next place will allow dogs?

  • Can you make the commitment to care for this animal for his or her lifetime?