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Most people love dogs and it’s easy to see why – they’re fun, loyal, and amazing companions and make great pets so it’s also easy to see why so many children are eager to have their parents get a dog for the family.
However, dogs are also a lot of work and many people get a dog thinking that it will be cute and won’t take up much time, but they often underestimate just how much attention and time a dog requires.
So in this post we are going to share with you some of the ways to decide if your family is ready for a dog, so that you can know that you’re making the best decision for your family and for any dogs who may or may not come into your house.
Do you have the time?
As mentioned above, many people get a dog without understanding just how much time a dog actually takes out of their day – from taking them for walks, from doing all the things that they need to do and giving them some of the attention that they need and even training them, dogs really do take up a lot of time and if you have other commitments such as working, raising a family or simply just a busy lifestyle in general you may not have the time for a dog, and so in this case it’s probably best to not get a dog right now since it’s not fair to the dog if you don’t have the time to take care of it properly.
Can you afford it?
Even if you get your dog from Belgian Malinois breeders it’s still important to understand that dogs, just like people have things that they need on a daily and monthly basis that cost money, for example they regularly need food, they get sick and often need to be taken to the vet or to have pet insurance for them that can cost quite a lot of money, they also need other things such as toys and just general accessories to help make their lives more comfortable and enjoyable, and over time these costs can certainly mount up, so it’s important to make sure that you can afford a dog before you bring one into your home.
Are you doing it for the right reasons?
The only reason that you should ever get a dog is because you want one and it doesn’t matter how much pressure you get from your family or your children – if you’re the one who’s going to be left to take care of the dog and provide for it, both financially and in terms of time then it’s really important that you are getting a dog for the right reasons and as mentioned above this can only be one reason and that’s that you want to.
Do you have space?
Even small dogs need space to run around since they are very energetic animals and although it’s not required to have a garden for a dog, it’s important to make sure that you do have enough space for a dog to be able to fit comfortably into your house, for example, without being able to knock things over and also just to have space for everyone who is living there.