Keeping a dog as a pet has its downside. It is important to realize this beforehand. A few examples:
Having a dog is a big responsibility. With al of your daily routine you must take the needs and existence of your pet into account.
A dog can live ten to fifteen years. It will dictate a great deal of how your time is filled in. Some one has to be at home every few hours to walk the dog and to feed him.
Walking the dog, education, play, care
and giving attention takes up a lot of
When you want to go on holiday alone you have to provide for a dog shelter or ask some one to take care of the pet.
A dog can show or develop behavioral problems. A good education is important and how to do this is not common knowledge. Bad education can cause the dog to demolish your furniture or the animal can behave aggressively towards others. Some dogs obey no one and listen to no command.
Dogs are not allowed every where. Think of public places like shops, restaurants, public service, etc.. But also when you visit friends taking your dog along can be a problem. A lot op people are annoyed by barking dogs (neighbors f.e.).
The decision to go out and get a pet goes far beyond going to the pound and picking up an animal. You will need to think about food, vaccines, pet care, and more. For instance,when the pet needs to go outside to use the bathroom, you will need to think about cat and dog doors. Otherwise, you will always need to be there to let your pets in and out of the house.
The purchase of a pet can be expensive. A few hundred dollars is nothing for a dog. Besides that, there are necessities like a basket, leash etc. and of course veterinary bills. Some municipals demand tax to be paid.
Not all dogs remain healthy all of their live. When you are down on your luck the bill can rise sky-high. The extra care can be time consuming.
The excreta of companion animals will contribute to the production of greenhouse gases, although this is relatively limited. Horse manure produces methane, ammonia and/or nitric oxide, depending on