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Dog ownership requires responsibility, patience, and commitment that takes time and energy. Before you make this decision that is going to change your life and lifestyle, make sure that you know some important rules of being a responsible dog owner.
The first step is to get educated before getting a dog, there are many things to consider. You need to look up how to groom them, the amount of exercise they need, and if they have any typical health conditions.
You’re going to have to make extra time especially if they are puppies because they require training and lots of playtime. All dogs need to be taken out for a walk and to play even if they have a big yard they can run around in.
Do you work the whole day or do you work from home? Dogs need attention and love so make sure you can give them that, don’t leave them home alone all day.
Dogs can cost a lot, you have to take them to check-ups and if they’re a puppy they need to get a lot of vaccinations in the beginning. You need to buy them supplies, toys, food, and if they need to be taken to a professional to get groomed then that will cost you as well. So make sure that you have some money set aside for them.
If you are renting an apartment are there pet-friendly housing options? Sometimes things don’t go as planned and maybe you have to move out of your current place and it’s harder to find apartments that allow dogs.
It’s not just your dog that has to learn house rules and obedience, but you also have to learn a few things like pet first aid, how to handle the dog in different situations, and basic training techniques.
Living in a one-bedroom apartment might not be the best idea to get a Golden Retriever. Bigger dogs need more space and exercise, while smaller dogs need less. Usually, people who live in apartments have smaller dogs like Chihuahuas, Yorkies, or French Bulldogs.
Taking your dog out for a walk (doesn’t have to be long) is needed, before you go to work, when you get back, and at night maybe after dinner. They enjoy checking out sights, smells, and will be looking forward to spending time with you. If you have a back yard, let them out multiple times to get some fresh air and exercise.
When you welcome a new pet into your home, they become part of the family. They will love you unconditionally and be there for you when you are down, so do the same for them.