While no one has a crystal ball available to them (though it would be nice), preparing for your future becomes even more important when you get a dog or are considering getting a dog. Significant life events can have major implications for your pooch, and ownership can last for far more than a decade. Before you decide to adopt a dog, consider the following possible life changes.
You may have the perfect home with a big, fenced-in backyard and plenty of space, but are you fairly certain that you’ll be staying there for the next few years? If you live in a rural area at the moment, is there a chance that you might need to relocate to a city? A major relocation can make caring for a dog more difficult and can result in some big changes for your pet.
Remember that many apartments and house rentals prohibit pets; although, Austin is one of the better cities for this. If you’re renting then getting a dog may limit the housing choices available to you in the future. You will certainly need extra pet security deposits, and some rentals have policies prohibiting certain breeds of dogs. If your life is in transition and you think that your employment or any other factor might mean that you’ll have to move in the near future, you might want to put off getting a dog until your situation is more stable.
Traveling for Work
Jobs can change quickly, and a promotion may suddenly mean the difference between being home every day at 5 p.m. and traveling for multiple days at a time. Career advancement is important, but it can also complicate caring for a dog. There are certainly ways around this obstacle, such as dog daycare or boarding while you are away, but remember that traveling too frequently may take a toll on your relationship with your dog. For more information, see our blog post on whether pet ownership and work travel can go together.
Starting a Family
Unfortunately, many dogs must be offered up for sale or adoption when families expand and children enter the picture. If you anticipate starting a family in the near future, consider how your potential new friend will respond to small children. If you can adopt a dog that has already been around children and has a reliable track record, that is ideal. If the birth of a child may mean that you’ll need to find a new home for your dog, you may want to postpone your decision to adopt.
Major lifestyle changes should inform your decision on whether or not to get a dog. Planning ahead, even though the future is always uncertain, will help to ensure that when you get a dog it is the right choice for your current situation.
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