Owning a dog can be hard work, there is a lot you have to think about, there are a lot of costs involved. But there are also many untold benefits that you are in for. Read on for a balanced view of the positive and negatives of entering the world of dog ownership.
Pro – They get you out and about
One of the best things about owning a dog is that as they need regular walking, they encourage to get you to get up off your backside and out of the house. In fact, some people even choose their pup as their running partner.
Although this can be a double-edged sword. This is because it can mean that people with poor mobility or lacking in time can be prevented from the joys of having a dog. Luckily there is a way around this now. You can use a dog walking service, who will exercise your dog for you.
Con – They own you
While we refer to having a dog in our life as ownership, the truth of the matter is that they really own you! Many of us think of our dogs more as a part of the family than something that is owned in the traditional sense. Yes, we have the responsibility for looking after them, but they are not our possessions and neither should we treat them as such.
Pro – They are hilarious
Another great thing about having a dog is that they can do the funniest things.
Whether it’s stealing ice cream from a bewildered toddler or playing in the surf when you take them to the beach, dogs can be truly amusing.
If you don’t believe me, then just check out this compilation of Youtube!
Con – They cost a lot
One of the negative sides of getting a dog is that they can be expensive. Even a dog that you get from a shelter can cost you a lot in vets bills, food, and accessories. It’s wise to look at your monthly budget before you commit, to ensure that you can care for them properly.
Pro – They are loving and loyal
One of the best things about having a dog that most doggy people will tell you about is how loyal and loving they are. This is because dogs are pack animals. That means they function best in a social group. When there are no other dogs around, your pet will relate to you as if you are part of its pack.
That is why it’s important to take charge from the very beginning, then they will regard you as the alpha and defer to your judgment. That means they are much more likely to follow your commands.
Con – No one tells you how much you’ll miss them when they are gone
Having a dog in your life can definitely change it for the better. They are loyal and loving and sometimes hilarious. That means they leave a big gap in your life and your heart when they are gone.
Dogs live for around 12-15 years, so it’s quite likely that they won’t be around for your entire lifetime. That means we have to appreciate them everyday and give them the best life possible for the time that they are here on earth.
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