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Bringing a furry friend into your life is an exciting and joyful experience that can bring immense happiness and love into your home. However, owning a dog requires significant responsibilities and challenges that may not be obvious at first. But don't worry, with a little bit of preparation, you'll be well on your way to becoming a happy and loving dog owner!
We’ve interviewed three delightful dog owners who shared their thoughts on what they wished they knew before getting a dog. Let's explore some of their insights!
1) The financial commitment is significant
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Many people underestimate the costs associated with owning a dog. It is not just about buying food and toys; there are also vet bills, grooming, training and unexpected expenses that can add up quickly. 💸
Cyrus Cleo George, owner of a young pupper, expressed his surprise at the financial expenses needed to properly care for a dog.
“I wish I knew how costly getting a big dog would be. I assumed taking care of a dog is like a routine. As in feeding, walking, bathing and giving love.
“Especially for big dogs, you have to spend money for accessories such as specific combs for her fur and all sorts of leashes because they – especially mine – can be very picky,” he said.
Cyrus added that quality food plays a huge role when it comes to monthly expenditure.
“We could give her kibbles, but we don't want her to settle for dry plain food, so we feed her raw meats and veggies and eggs which can be really expensive. Oh, let's not forget her treats! Dog treats are not cheap.”
2) Training is essential
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Training your dog is crucial to their development and your relationship with them. It trains them how to behave in various situations while preventing aggressive behavior. However, training can be challenging, and it takes time and consistency.
Low Sue Mae, a doggo owner, shared that she wished she knew how much time and patience training requires.
"It's not just about teaching them basic commands; it's about being consistent and reinforcing good behavior. I had to send her to a dog training center where she stayed for 3 months.
“It can be frustrating when they don't listen, but it's important to stay patient and committed," she said.
3) Dogs require lots of attention
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Dogs are outgoing animals that depend on attention and exercise. As they constantly require mental stimulation and love, it is a bad idea to leave them alone for long, extended periods.
Dhivya Danielle, owner of a Malaysian-mixed doggo, expressed that dogs need lots of companionship and bonding time to thrive.
"Dogs are social creatures, so they'll actually require a LOT of attention from you as they grow. You can set some healthy boundaries for when you have work to do and you don't want them to disturb you.
“However, it is important to know that you – aside from their toys – are their only source of company & entertainment!” Dhivya said.
Owning a dog can be a wonderful experience, but it is essential to understand the responsibilities and challenges that come with it! The financial commitment, training, and attention required are crucial factors to consider before getting a dog. By doing your research and preparing adequately, you can ensure that you and your furry friend have a happy and healthy relationship!
If you wish to have a doggo of your own, seek out your friends and family who have furkids to get their advice so you may be better prepared! Alternatively, you can also try fostering a rescue doggo — in which you provide temporary care to shelter animals who need to live in a home environment prior to adoption — to gauge how life with your potential furry friend will be like. 🐕
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