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It’s always a delight to have a furry friend playing around us! Whether it’s a playful Beagle or a dopey-eyed Pug, a pet dog brings all the necessary vibrancy and childlike energy to life. Needless to say, they are the best companion a person could ever get. But sometimes we decide on bringing a pet dog home in haste. Here are four questions that you need to address before you bring home your beloved furry friend. 

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1. Have you researched dog breeds?

Sometimes what we think we want is not the correct choice. When it comes to pets, we get attracted visually. For instance, many people are fond of Beagles because of their adorable looks. However, this breed is also known to be extra active and restless at times. Similarly, a Pug isn’t a grumpy dog, based on its look. Every dog breed has its own personality. And you need to research that well. 

2. Will you be able to devote the required time?

A new pet demands your time, especially during its initial years. There are times when people opt-in for a dog out of boredom or loneliness. You need to make sure that the decision to bring home a pet dog isn’t a hasty decision. Assess your daily work, routine, travel plans, and other extracurricular activities. If you feel you can devote ample time to your pet, go ahead and bring home a new dog. People who stay alone should think about the pros and cons of adopting a dog before making their decision.

3. Do you have the means to support a pet dog?

From dog food to toys, having a pet means a financial investment as well. You will also need to take your little pup to the vet on a regular basis. Additionally, dogs might develop rashes and allergies from time to time, which require medical intervention. You may need to buy prescriptions and other items necessary to take care of your dog. So, monthly you need to set aside a budget that goes into your dog care. You need to assess if you can care for your pet dog for its entire life.

4. Can you train a dog?

Bringing a pet dog home also means to prepare it well to stay with you. And that means you too need to be educated. You need to know the tactics to teach your dog to eat food properly, to excrete only in its designated place, and monitor its sleeping habits, food chart and many more. You can also train your pet to stay active by introducing morning and evening walks.

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There are many other considerations that you need to make when you’re planning to bring a dog home. A pet dog is an important responsibility just like a household member. Consider these four critical factors and assess them thoroughly, before you arrive at a final decision.