We all know that feeling – you see a cute puppy and simply can’t avoid the temptation to take it home. Having a pet is a real blessing. Having one that happens to be a cute little puppy is simply too much too resist for us. We are mere mortals!
A common situation is to rescue a dog from the shelter. On top of getting a great pet, you feel a sense of helping a fellow creature get a new home. You simply can’t help but feel good about yourself. You don’t even have to be a vain person, this is natural. So, the trick is not to get caught up in these emotions and regret your choice later. After all, this is a living animal you’re taking under your wing.
The last thing you’d want to do is take the poor dog back to the shelter a couple of days or weeks later.
Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes new dog owners make. If you can recognize yourself in these situations – maybe it’s better to think again about adopting a dog.
Making a Rushed Decision
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment. “I’ve wanted a cute puppy like this ever since I was a kid!”. Who can’t relate to that, right? But when reality hits you with the financial strain owning a dog comes with, the extra time you have to put into this, the mental and physical strain – you might think you’ve made a mistake.
Going for Cute
Believe it or not, but the appearances, although super important, should not be your main criteria for a dog. Do your research! See if you have matching personalities, if the dog is more active or rather stay-at-home and lay-on-the-couch type of dog. Is the dog suitable for your lifestyle, your living arrangements? You can continue the list. Remember, this might be a choice for life! And you’re making it for the both of you.
No Rules and Training
A lot of people simply assume, that after rescuing a dog, ‘saving their life’, their job is almost done. But walking your dog and feeding it is not enough! You have to teach your dog, provide adequate training, and have them socialize with other dogs and humans. Dogs are social creatures, so they will strive with new challenges, even new household rules might be met with enthusiasm! Don’t let the dog roam free and become practically wild.
Overlooking Dogs with Health Issues
This mistake works on two levels. First – people take dogs with some health problems, which is great. But later these new pet owners realize, that they can’t cope with that much responsibility. And this is not the worst-case scenario. On some occasions, people overlook the illnesses or conditions their dogs have. This may lead to tragic results when ill-informed owners neglect their responsibility to take care of the dogs.
On the other hand, there’s the scenario when people simply would not adopt a dog with health issues. It is understandable. But it leaves perfectly good pets to wait for someone who will look beyond their disability or illness and see a friend. If you’re looking for a companion in your life, do not dismiss dogs because of their age, appearance or physical condition. These might be things that you’ll easily overcome, once you get to know each other!