Before you make the leap and add a new member of your family, whether it’s by purchasing a puppy directly from a breeder or adopting a senior dog; it’s best to take a look at the pros and cons of pet ownership. Are you ready for the full-time responsibility a new family member will entail? Do you have a support system in place to help? Jeanne Rowzee from Burtonsville, Maryland discusses various factors to consider when it comes to dog ownership.
What to Expect
Make sure you are ready for the amount of time and energy needed to take care of a pet by talking to breeders, rescues groups, friends and relatives to learn more about their experiences with pet ownership. Likewise, it’s best to create a budget to better understand the costs associated with owning an animal to ensure you have the necessary resources to look after it. Additional expenses to consider include; bedding and crates, health care and veterinary costs, boarding fees, and various toys to keep them entertained.
Jeanne Rowzee claims that it is also crucial to remember that dogs, especially puppies require an extensive amount of time. You will have to ensure your pet receives enough exercise and is properly trained to avoid any in-home accidents.
It’s also a good idea to invest in a crate to keep your pet safe and out of harms way when you leave them alone. Consider how much time you are away from home each day and annually for travel, before you make the commitment.
Individuals with mobility issues should carefully consider the best pet for them and understand the risk of owning a high energy dog, or even a lower energy pet that is always under their feet, causing a risk of slipping and falling.
Dog ownership is beneficial to an individuals mental and physical health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, owning a dog can help one manage their weight, lower cholesterol levels, and decrease the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. Dogs also keep us active, from walking and playing, to basic chores such as feeding, grooming, and cleaning up after them.
In addition, pets provide us with emotional relief and dog ownership is great for your social and emotional well being, providing continuous ways to show love and attention in a positive way. They also help us connect with neighbors and other dog lovers, overcome loneliness, and supply support when we are feeling down. Dogs can provide additional feelings of safety and security for their owners, as well as a sense of daily purpose.
In addition, training a new pet is great mental stimulation, for both the pet and the owner. For those who find themselves unable to own a dog, volunteering for a local shelter or rescue organization can provide many of the same benefits, with less time and costs acquired.
If you are looking to add a dog to your family, Jeanne Rowzee says many rescue organizations will help match seniors with older animals who may make the best match because of their energy levels and training; and they can offer senior discounts on adoption fees.