The Pros and Cons of Having a Dog

The Pros and Cons of Having a Dog

If you are thinking about getting a pet, there are many options. A dog is a popular one but is not for everyone. It really depends on your needs, the type of household you have and whether you will be out for long periods of time during the day. Here are some of the pros and cons of having a dog around the house.

sleeping-with-dog-puppyA Loyal Friend

For those who are older and retired, having a friend or company around the house is important. A dog offers that, especially if the pet has grown old with you.

Dogs are loyal and friendly companions and often empathetic around their owners. If you feel ill or upset, you will usually find that your dog is there to stroke and cuddle.

dog-childrenGreat Around Children

If you have children around, puppies are great for playing with. They will love children and will become protective over the years.

They also offer something for your child to play with, especially if your child is an only one. It helps with teaching to share and even build a social bone and with communication.

dog-walking-friendsExcellent for Meeting New People

If you are shy, a dog is a great way to meet new people. There are plenty of parks and places that will accept pets and there will be others very similar to you.

You may just want to take your pet for a walk around the local park to meet others in the area. This is a great way to pick up any tips if you are having trouble with your pet.

running-with-dogExcellent for Staying Fit

Dogs need daily walks, which is great for you. There is no excuse to get out and stay fit. With some dogs, you may find that they enjoy running alongside you if you love to jog.

However, just getting out of the house and into the fresh air is great for your mental fitness as well as physical one.

feeding-puppy-dogThey Take a Lot of Looking After

Now for the downsides; you cannot get a puppy and then go to work all day. It isn’t fair on the dog to be stuck in the house all the time.

They enjoy freedom, the outdoors and to spend time around other people. This is a great option if you are a stay-at-home parent, retired or work from home.

no-dogs-allowedNot Everywhere Accepts Them

If you go on holiday, you may find that there are problems with finding somewhere that you can take your dog to. If you rent, you may have trouble finding a landlord willing to take tenants with pets.

You will be limited in a lot of choices, which is something to think about, especially if you already have children.

dog-moneyThey Cost a Lot

Dogs, like other pets and babies, cost a lot of money! You have to feed them, get insurance for them and take them to the vet now and then.

Take a look at your finances to make sure this option is viable.

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