We’ve said this before and we will say it again: adopting a dog is one of life’s most rewarding experiences! But if you’re thinking of giving a pet their forever home, you should first consider if you’re ready to become a dog owner.

Answer these five questions to establish whether you’re ready to bring home a fluffy friend and become a proud pet owner

Fantail dog bed

1. Can you make time for a dog?

Firstly, being a pet owner is a significant commitment and you need to be prepared to put sufficient time aside to love and look after your four-legged friend. 

Think about your lifestyle and consider if you have enough time in your busy life to give a dog the time and affection it needs. You’ll need to walk your pup twice a day or more, depending on the breed and energy levels of the dog. If you're wondering how much exercise your dog needs, click here to read our helpful guide

Your dog will also want to play with you everyday, be taken out for toilet breaks, have a consistent routine and go to regular appointments with the vet. 

But the best part is, owning a dog benefits your mental and physical health in many ways. Click here to read the top 5 health benefits

If that sounds overwhelming, don’t panic. If you’re ready to own a dog but might occasionally need a bit of support, you can contact a local dog walker to help out with your dog’s exercise routine! 

2. Do you have the space?

Most dogs don’t require acres of land and mansion-size rooms to be happy and content! But it is important to consider if your living space is suitable for a new four-legged addition to your family. 

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you need to have enough space for your dog to play and exercise indoors between walks. You also need to find a quiet spot to set up a comfy bed, like one of our Fantail dog beds, for your dog to sleep in. 

It’s also worth considering which breed of dog to adopt because different dogs require different amounts of space to stay healthy and happy.

If you live in an apartment, you’ll need to dog-proof your place! Follow our simple guide to preparing your flat for your dog

3. Are you prepared for the costs?

Aside from putting lots of love and effort into raising a dog, you’ll need to be prepared for the financial investment that comes along with it! 

To get started, you’ll need to prepare the essentials such as a comfy bed, a collar and leash, food, bowls and toys. You don’t need to break the bank but it’s a good idea to purchase quality items that will last you a long time! Here at Fantail, we strive to make quality, affordable and stylish dog beds and accessories. So, if we’re your brand of choice, you won’t be needing to buy any other products for a long time.

However, like many things in life, there can be unexpected costs and emergencies that can be costly! Visits to the vet, medications, special foods or dietary needs can be expensive. These costs can come as a sudden surprise so it’s good to be prepared! If you’re worried about potential medical bills or if you have multiple pets, you can look into getting medical insurance for your pet. That way, if your pup gets sick, you’ll be covered by your plan!

Fantail dog bed
4. Are your family ready?

So you’ve been dreaming of adopting a dog for some time now - how exciting! But does your partner, family or housemates share that same enthusiasm? Owning a dog can sometimes be challenging, noisy and a little bit messy, so it’s crucial that the people you live with are fully on board to help you raise your fluffy friend! 

If they aren’t keen, you can wait and see if they warm to the idea more, or even wait until your living situation changes or improves your chances. For example, some people would like to adopt a dog later in life, or when they move to a place with a garden. And even though we’re biased, everyone is entitled to their opinion and preference! 

5. Are you in it for the long haul?

A dog is for life, not just for a season! Whether you’re thinking of adopting a puppy or an adult dog, you must be willing to make a long term commitment to loving and caring for this pooch. 

Dogs that are well looked after and go for regular health checks can live very long and fulfilled lives, up to 18 years of age! 

If you’re not ready for that level of commitment yet or you’re planning to travel and move around a lot, it’s a good idea to hold off for now. Once you feel ready and your living situation is more steady, you can start looking for your loyal companion! 

Fantail dog bed
Take your time to make the right decision

When it comes to taking the jump and becoming a pet owner, don’t rush! There will always be lots of good boys and girls in needed loving homes, so it’s best to wait until you’re ready

Have you adopted a dog or are you in the process of deciding to get one? Let us know in the comments and tag us in your cute doggy pictures for a chance to get featured on our Instagram

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

 

We’ve said this before and we will say it again: adopting a dog is one of life’s most rewarding experiences! But if you’re thinking of giving a pet their forever home, you should first consider if you’re ready to become a dog owner.

Answer these five questions to establish whether you’re ready to bring home a fluffy friend and become a proud pet owner

Fantail dog bed

1. Can you make time for a dog?

Firstly, being a pet owner is a significant commitment and you need to be prepared to put sufficient time aside to love and look after your four-legged friend. 

Think about your lifestyle and consider if you have enough time in your busy life to give a dog the time and affection it needs. You’ll need to walk your pup twice a day or more, depending on the breed and energy levels of the dog. If you're wondering how much exercise your dog needs, click here to read our helpful guide

Your dog will also want to play with you everyday, be taken out for toilet breaks, have a consistent routine and go to regular appointments with the vet. 

But the best part is, owning a dog benefits your mental and physical health in many ways. Click here to read the top 5 health benefits

If that sounds overwhelming, don’t panic. If you’re ready to own a dog but might occasionally need a bit of support, you can contact a local dog walker to help out with your dog’s exercise routine! 

2. Do you have the space?

Most dogs don’t require acres of land and mansion-size rooms to be happy and content! But it is important to consider if your living space is suitable for a new four-legged addition to your family. 

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you need to have enough space for your dog to play and exercise indoors between walks. You also need to find a quiet spot to set up a comfy bed, like one of our Fantail dog beds, for your dog to sleep in. 

It’s also worth considering which breed of dog to adopt because different dogs require different amounts of space to stay healthy and happy.

If you live in an apartment, you’ll need to dog-proof your place! Follow our simple guide to preparing your flat for your dog

3. Are you prepared for the costs?

Aside from putting lots of love and effort into raising a dog, you’ll need to be prepared for the financial investment that comes along with it! 

To get started, you’ll need to prepare the essentials such as a comfy bed, a collar and leash, food, bowls and toys. You don’t need to break the bank but it’s a good idea to purchase quality items that will last you a long time! Here at Fantail, we strive to make quality, affordable and stylish dog beds and accessories. So, if we’re your brand of choice, you won’t be needing to buy any other products for a long time.

However, like many things in life, there can be unexpected costs and emergencies that can be costly! Visits to the vet, medications, special foods or dietary needs can be expensive. These costs can come as a sudden surprise so it’s good to be prepared! If you’re worried about potential medical bills or if you have multiple pets, you can look into getting medical insurance for your pet. That way, if your pup gets sick, you’ll be covered by your plan!

Fantail dog bed
4. Are your family ready?

So you’ve been dreaming of adopting a dog for some time now - how exciting! But does your partner, family or housemates share that same enthusiasm? Owning a dog can sometimes be challenging, noisy and a little bit messy, so it’s crucial that the people you live with are fully on board to help you raise your fluffy friend! 

If they aren’t keen, you can wait and see if they warm to the idea more, or even wait until your living situation changes or improves your chances. For example, some people would like to adopt a dog later in life, or when they move to a place with a garden. And even though we’re biased, everyone is entitled to their opinion and preference! 

5. Are you in it for the long haul?

A dog is for life, not just for a season! Whether you’re thinking of adopting a puppy or an adult dog, you must be willing to make a long term commitment to loving and caring for this pooch. 

Dogs that are well looked after and go for regular health checks can live very long and fulfilled lives, up to 18 years of age! 

If you’re not ready for that level of commitment yet or you’re planning to travel and move around a lot, it’s a good idea to hold off for now. Once you feel ready and your living situation is more steady, you can start looking for your loyal companion! 

Fantail dog bed
Take your time to make the right decision

When it comes to taking the jump and becoming a pet owner, don’t rush! There will always be lots of good boys and girls in needed loving homes, so it’s best to wait until you’re ready

Have you adopted a dog or are you in the process of deciding to get one? Let us know in the comments and tag us in your cute doggy pictures for a chance to get featured on our Instagram

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more dog tips and cute content! 

 

By Milly Osborne

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