It’s a romantic picture: a man and a woman who are head-over-heels for each other adopt a puppy that makes their bond stronger. If only this picture is true for every couple.
Dog ownership is a highly misunderstood responsibility. People often neglect the challenges that lie ahead of them. They tend to focus only on the happy scenes they see in movies and social media. This sets most couples up for failure, not only in puppy-rearing but also in their own relationship.
If you and your special someone already agreed to get a dog–hold up. Consider the three reasons this endeavor can go wrong so you can come up with ways to prevent them.
Patience Is the Highest Virtue
You’ll hear a lot of dog owners comment that puppy-rearing has its similarities to child-rearing. In what way? They both require patience that you might not have.
From potty training to meal preparation, being a responsible owner means that you both have to make time for all your dog’s needs. The length of time you’ll commit is the greatest uncertainty. You’ll need as much patience as you can muster.
Are you aware that potty training could mean monitoring your dog after meals to take it out before it squats on your couch? That’s not to mention the endless sniffing as it considers the prime spot to do its business. If you and your partner are still working on being patient with each other, it’s a sign to postpone your plans to get a dog.
Consistency Is Always Key
Apart from developing a saint’s patience, you both need to agree on a routine that will best benefit your new dog.
Your regular night out in Florida’s top spots won’t cut it anymore. Professionals in puppy training will be the first to attest that your ability to stay consistent is key to your dog’s wellness. This applies to obedience training as well as feeding time.
Dogs are creatures of habit. The only way to ensure it behaves is to give it consistent cues to follow. This can include deciding what sound you’ll both make to tell it to stop. You’ll also have to agree early on that you won’t give in to it when it asks for food from your plates.
Failing to plan this part often leads to a never-ending blame game on why you can’t control your dog. If making detailed plans together isn’t your strongest suit, a pet goldfish might be your best option for now.
Money Is the Ultimate Burden
Above all, owning a dog is expensive. It’s even more expensive than you can think of if you have never owned a dog or practiced responsible ownership.
You and your partner will shell out a lot of money, especially during your dog’s first year. You’ll need enough funds to cover all the necessary vaccinations and even boosters if your dog has frail health. You’re likely to buy different brands of kibble to see which one works best. Chew toys, grooming kits, feeding bowls, leash, and bed are necessary items you should add to your list.
Pet insurance is also a growing trend that you’ll want to join. It’s injuries and diseases that will empty your savings the quickest.
Do you have the finances to care for a dog? Perhaps you should back up a little if money is a sensitive topic for you both.
Get One When You’re Ready
Dogs are capable of unconditional love. It takes a lot of effort to reciprocate that love, which is why it’s best to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and financially before you adopt a puppy. It’s only when you’re truly ready as a couple that you can appreciate the joys of dog ownership.