Think you’re ready to own a dog? They make great pets. They’re adorable. They love to spend time with their humans, and they show affection in numerous ways. You can find a small dog if you live in the city or a big dog if you have more room to roam. Clearly, dogs are great. But what about you? Are you the kind of person who’s going to be a good dog owner?
Surprisingly enough, there are many types of people who really shouldn’t own a dog. Worried you’re one of them? Read on to learn about the kinds of people who don’t usually make good dog owners — and make sure you’re really ready to bring a puppy or an older dog into your home.
1. People who won’t take the time to properly train a dog
Dog training is difficult. It takes time. And it requires research into the methods that work best for different dogs in different settings. People who won’t take the time to properly train a dog probably shouldn’t own one. At best, you’ll end up with an unruly animal who doesn’t always respect the rules of your house. At worst, you’ll have a dog who doesn’t know his place within your family and doesn’t get along well with new people or other animals. It’s in everybody’s best interest to appropriately train your dog. That takes time (and perseverance). Anyone who doesn’t have the time or tenacity for obedience training probably should not own a dog.
2. People who won’t take the time to educate themselves about dogs
When you see adorable dogs at the shelter, taking one home seems pretty simple. Can you provide food, shelter, and love? Then, you might already feel like you’d be a great pet owner. But dogs aren’t quite that simple. You need to take the time to educate yourself about what dogs need. How will you feed a dog? Where will he play and get exercise? How will you socialize him? What medical expenses can you expect? (And which ones are impossible to predict?) What parasites and diseases are common in your area? How often will you need to groom your dog? Many of these questions are difficult to answer ahead of time. But they can help you figure out what taking care of a dog actually involves.