Thursday, January 5, 2017

Day 5 - Things to consider before you adopt a dog!

Heyy guys!

On Day 1 of #20DaysWithMYD we gave you all a list of things you could do this year to make your life all the more better. One of the things on the list was to adopt a pet if you feel you are ready. As most of you might know that I had a lovely member in my family, Moti, whom we lost in December 2015. We even have a post dedicated to him and all the wonderful dogs like him which you can read here. :)

Adopting a dog isn't easy. It's like bringing a baby into your house who is just not going to grow up. And that is exactly why I said you must adopt only if you are ready. So what does being ready mean? Well in today's post I am going to tell you guys about all the challenges you might face and all the things you should consider before making this decision.

Ask yourself these questions first -

1. Does everyone in the house want a dog too? This is the first question that you should ask yourself. If everyone isn't on the same page then things will get quite difficult later on. Not everyone is fond of dogs and its a personal choice and you have to respect that. Not to forget all allergies have to be considered at this point.

2. Who is going to be the master? If your entire family is ready then you must decide who is going to be the master. Dogs love every family member the same but its important to have one primary caretaker. That just makes the training phase easier.

3. Can you afford a dog? Adopting a dog is exactly like bringing a baby into your family. It does come with its expenses. I wouldn't say maintaining dogs is very expensive but it also depends on the breed of the dog. Normal expenses like special food, medicines, monthly checkups, etc must be considered.

4. Do you have the time? Adopting a dog requires some serious time commitment. You cannot leave him alone, ever. He will accompany you to all your vacations and also he needs your time and love to be healthy and happy. Another thing is that you have to take care of the dog till his last breath. Its a commitment of at least 10-12 years. Abandoning a dog is inhuman and insensitive. Make sure you never put your dog through that situation.

5. Is your locality pet friendly? Most of the localities are pet friendly while some have certain strict restrictions. Make sure you have that sorted so that your dog doesn't have to compromise on anything.

6. Who will train your dog? Dogs need to be trained to make sure they are well behaved. It's a part of their grooming. Just how you teach your kids right from wrong you need to teach your dog what can be done and what is off limits. You could either get professional help or just train yourself.

Once you have answered these and you feel you are ready then these are the list of things that you must remember -

  • You have to be responsible. Loving a dog isn't the only thing that comes with adoption. It's just a part of the entire package. 
  • You have to make a promise that you will never neglect your dog, even during his old age.
  • You have to understand that a grown dog's mental age is equivalent to a five year old. So handle all the things he does accordingly. 
  • If you cannot take your dog with you on vacations make sure there is always someone to take care of him. 
  • Love your dog like your child. 
  • You will need a lot of patience.
  • Never chain your dog. They need their freedom. 

Also ADOPT DON'T SHOP!Rescuing a dog is the best thing you can do. The breed honestly doesn't matter. Irrespective of the breed you bring home, they are always going to love you unconditionally. 

Growing up around a dog has made me more sensitive and patient. It's also amazing to have had a best friend who has always loved you the same even during your awkward life stages. I can guarantee you that adoption is going to change your life in more ways than you can ever imagine. Dogs teach us how to be selfless, forgiving and loving. These are the things that our society is slowly forgetting. In this fast paced world bring home a best friend and I promise you that he's going to make your life so much better and easier. Seeing your dog's face will instantly transform your bad day into a great one!

Hope this article helped you understand the responsibilities that come along with adoption. 
We will be back tomorrow with a new post.

Day 5 of #20DaysWithMYD :)


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  2. All these things are very informative while we adopting a dog. But I would suggest you one more thing for your dog that will be helpful him to be secure i.e. pet drivers license id. It gives the unique identity and keeps them safe.