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Pros and Cons of Adopting a Dog

At some point, almost every child begins asking for a pet – usually a dog. Adopting a pet is a serious undertaking and shouldn’t be done frivolously. By adopting a dog, an individual is agreeing to care for that pet throughout their lifetime and provide them with the food, medical care, and safe environment that will enable them to thrive.

Adopting a dog from a shelter is less expensive and deprives puppy mills of profiting from the pain of defenseless animals. Adopting from a shelter also provides a home for a dog that might otherwise not have a chance at a long life. Most people want a puppy, but don’t overlook older and adult animals. The following are the pros and cons of adopting a dog.

Puppies certainly won’t be housebroken and some older dogs may have never received the training when they were young. They can all be housebroken, but it requires a significant time investment. A dog will also require a number of vaccinations, along with flea and tick treatments, to protect them against a variety of communicable illnesses and diseases.

A dog will require regular walks to relieve themselves and obtain necessary exercise. Individuals will need to clean up the mess and dispose of it appropriately. Adoptive pet parents will need to have some idea of how large the canine will be as an adult. A Great Dane isn’t suited for a small apartment. It’s also a good idea to erect fencing for the protection of the dog and others if possible.

The equipment and food for a dog can be expensive. The animal will need a collar or harness, leash, and dishes for food and water. For those that travel a lot or work long hours, adopting a dog isn’t a good idea. A dog that’s bored will find mischief. Don’t expect to relegate dog-related tasks to the children – the adults typically still end up taking care of the dog themselves.

Two of the most profound pleasures of adopting a dog are the unconditional love and companionship they provide. A dog is a faithful friend that’s always excited to greet their humans when they arrive home. They always do their best to please and sharing affection with a dog provides humans with a variety of health benefits. A dog is always prepared to provide comfort and demonstrate how happy they are to share your life.

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