Why do you adopt dogs
Decision for many years
Unfortunately, the crowded animal shelters show that dog owners often did not think far enough before their companion moved in. Because adopting a dog amounts to decades of responsibility. Large dogs can live up to twelve years - and older - while small breeds are even more durable. Think about whether you can afford the cost and time invested for this long period of time. Of course, nothing is certain in life: unforeseen events such as a separation or an illness can always occur that make it necessary to give up the dog. But you should take into account what is foreseeable beforehand.
“That little bit of dog food can't be that expensive”, some dog lovers might think before they buy a puppy. But it makes sense to estimate the costs before deciding on a dog. Here would not only be the expenses for basic equipment and the purchase price. Anyone who buys seriously - from animal welfare or breeders - is at least a few hundred euros going on. A high-quality, high-protein dog food for a large dog can make a hefty sum every month. Take a look at the manufacturer's feeding recommendations beforehand and calculate the approximate costs. Veterinarian visits, dog taxes and liability insurance for dogs are also part of life with a dog. At the beginning, we recommend attending puppy play lessons and dog school, which also means three-digit amounts. Last but not least, you should have financial reserves in case your four-legged friend gets sick: Veterinary costs can be quite expensive - with chronic illnesses as well as acute ones. Although the love of animals is not a question of money, responsible animal husbandry includes planning the financing.
If you live for rent, you need the written consent of your landlord before a dog can move in with you. If this is not the case, the landlord may insist that the dog move out again. If you fail to do so, the tenancy may be terminated. Many contracts include the condition that the dog must not harass other tenants. So be considerate: do not let your four-legged friend urinate on the residential property, always keep him on a short leash in communal stairwells and make sure that he does not turn into a yapper. In this way you prevent possible sources of conflict and make life together in a relaxed manner. It is also important for owners to accept that not every neighbor is a dog fan. Be considerate so that you and your neighbors continue to feel good.
Not every dog suits every dog lover
Before moving a dog in, think carefully about which breed or type of dog suits you and your circumstances. A border collie is beautiful, but if you don't have a flock of sheep or, alternatively, a lot of time to spend together, you shouldn't get a border collie. The other way round, if you want to go on long hikes, you shouldn't necessarily let a pug move in. With many dog breeds, a lot of grooming is necessary - for example with the Old English Sheepdog. Hunting dogs like the Münsterländer or the Weimaraner feel most comfortable in the hands of hunters - a life as a pure family dog is difficult. Some dog breeds are better for beginners than others. Find out more and do not underestimate the urge to move around and the need for activity of working dogs.
A fluffy puppy is undoubtedly cute - but many dog owners are surprised at how hairy keeping dogs can be. The fine dog hair can be found on clothing, on the sofa and on the carpet. Some dog owners sort out black corduroy or velvet clothing straight away. Get good lint brushes and a vacuum cleaner specially designed for pet hair. Brush your four-legged friend daily during the coat change to reduce the hair in the apartment - however, it will never be hair-free in the future. If you share your home with poodles or other dogs that hardly shed hair, you hardly have any hair in the apartment, but the same applies to all dogs: They bring more dirt into the four walls. Anyone who has a great need for cleanliness should seriously consider whether they can come to terms with it in the long term.
A spontaneous weekend trip to Paris or a three-week tour through the USA? If you have a dog, there are a few more things to consider before embarking on such a trip. Anyone who has family members nearby who know the dog and with whom he can easily stay can be considered lucky. But dog boarding is often necessary. On the one hand, this is not cheap, on the other hand, many dog owners suffer from a guilty conscience during their vacation when their wuffle stays in the guesthouse while they sit with a cocktail on the beach. So before the dog moves in, think about which holiday care options are suitable for you. Tip: Arrange a trial stay for the dog in the respective guesthouse in advance of your vacation. Although regular prices usually apply for this, they are worth a good conscience for many owners during their vacation. So you can test whether your four-legged friend feels comfortable. Some dog owners want to take their four-legged friend with them on vacation. Of course, trips with a mobile home or caravan are particularly suitable. But many hotels also welcome well-behaved dogs.
Dogs are pack animals and therefore do not like to be alone. An adult dog can be left alone for some time if you get them used to it slowly. But he shouldn't be on his own for more than four to five hours a day. So if you are studying, looking for a job or are on parental leave, you should think ahead if you plan to work longer than part-time in the future. A boarding house or family members who live close by that the four-legged friend already knows can be an alternative. Few employers allow dogs in the workplace.
Small dogs grow up
Every dog owner should know that the puppy will eventually become a bigger dog. But this does not always seem to be the case. There is no other explanation for the fact that some owners are enthusiastic when the cuddly little puppy jumps on them when greeting them. Because in a few months, the 4 kilogram dog will weigh five times as much and will continue to jump on people in a friendly manner even with muddy paws - this will then contribute less to the amusement. You should also steer other topics such as "sleeping in bed", "begging at the table", "barking" or "staying alone" consistently in the desired path from the age of a puppy and train accordingly. If you live in a multi-family household, it is important that everyone works as one.
Get outside - in wind and weather!
A sunny walk with your dog is a pleasant affair! But your future family member does not take the weather into account. If a dog lives in the household, several walks a day are compulsory. In wind or rain as well as in snow and ice. Some breeds don't even like going outside in bad weather, but most insist on a longer tour. This also creates additional work at home: Before your four-legged friend can go back to the comfortable sofa with you, you should dry them. And yes, going for a walk is also on the weekend in the morning: You will often have to leave your cozy bed to stomp through wind and weather with your four-legged friend. On the other hand, this also enables many beautiful moments in nature that you only experience as a dog owner.
Speaking of "outside": Your four-legged friend will relieve himself here. If he does this on paths or public grass verges, you have an obligation to remove the dog poop. Many cities provide poop bag dispensers for this - always have a small bag ready if you are on public roads. However, fields, meadows or hard shoulder should not become hazardous areas for mines either. Dog poop can lead to major failures, especially in fields. For example, when it ends up in hay for horses, which then refuse to eat it. Make a habit of collecting your four-legged friend's droppings everywhere.
We see: a life with a dog is associated with a lot of effort. But if you assess this correctly from the start, you will gain a wonderful companion who will enrich your life immensely!
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