disappointment when adopting a dog
When you are planning to adopt a dog, there are some very
important points to keep in mind to make sure that you are delighted with your new dog. They can mean the
difference between regretting your decision and having a wonderful new friend whom you will enjoy and
One mistake to avoid is buying a dog on the spur of the
moment. You may see a dog in a pet shop, or read an ad in the newspaper, and decide that you absolutely must
have that dog. A hasty decision in purchasing a new dog is never a good idea. Instead, you should do some
research, learn all there is to know about the breed of dog you are thinking about, and decide if he will fit
well into your life and your home.
A second mistake is to underestimate the cost of a new dog.
Whether you choose an expensive purebred or a mixed breed, buying a dog is far from being the only cost
involved. Your dog will need food and other supplies, and visits to the veterinarian. As you want your dog to
always be in the fine condition as when you first bought him, you need to know that you can afford his
Another factor in disappointment is trying to recreate a
relationship you had with a dog in your childhood or youth. You may be tempted to think that all dogs of this
particular breed are exactly the same. You can avoid disappointment by realizing that every dog is an
individual-- just like people. Your new dog’s personality and needs may be much different from the dog you had
before, even if he is the same breed.
You should also avoid getting a dog solely because a member
of your family wants one. Regardless of which person is actually in charge of the dog’s daily upkeep and
maintenance, when a dog lives with a family he is a part of the family. Only if you know that he will be
welcomed by everyone should you purchase him and bring him home.
If you have never owned a dog before, your first dog can be a
pleasure. It does mean, however, that you need to do your research well in advance of making your final
decision. You must know what to expect, and that you are ready to become a dog owner.
Adopting a new dog can be a great experience. Owning a dog
can greatly enhance your life. When you do some research and apply
common sense, you are taking the first step toward acquiring and enjoying a brand-new friend.