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ARE YOU READY FOR A DOG?

Are you ready for a new puppy?

 

Maybe Later... 

Maybe now is NOT the right time to get a dog. Dogs are a very big responsibility. If you change your mind after getting a dog, or your family decides it wasn't a good idea after all, it will be the dog who suffers.
Please, think twice before you get a dog.
You and your family should understand
these things
about living with a dog:

 
Some dogs get big.
Some dogs bark a lot.
When you walk a dog, you have to pick up the mess.
Dogs can get sick and mess up the carpet.
Dogs can chew furniture.
Dogs shed hair.


Dogs get lonely when they are by themselves.
Dogs can chew your toys.
Dogs can get sick and cost a lot of money at the vet.
Dogs can be picky about their food.
Dogs jump on people.


Dirty dog dishes need to be washed.
Dogs need baths.
Dogs scratch, bite, and chew.
Dogs can't always understand what you are saying.
Dogs can get fleas, worms, and ticks.
Dogs can run away.


Dogs can bother the neighbors.
Dogs need to go for walks.
Dogs need things like leashes, collars, and toys which cost money.
Dogs need a pet sitter or boarding when you want to go away.
Dogs need frequent brushing.


Dogs need exercise.
Friends or family might be allergic to dogs.
Dogs need obedience training.
Dogs drool on your hands and on your clothes.
Someday your dog will die.
 

  Remember these things about dogs. If any of these things bother you, maybe a dog is not the best pet for you.

 

Golden retriever puppy chewing on a bone.

Parents:
Would you like a reality check?

Read this letter from a new puppy-owner on her reality of living with a new puppy.

 


You might decide that this is not the best time to get a dog.

Or that your home is not the best place for a dog right now. 

 Or you might decide that the best pet for you is not a dog.

 Making the right decision now will help a dog live a happier, more comfortable life.

 

If you think you are ready for a dog and responsible enough to care for a dog or any other pet, visit our Responsibility page to find out how you can convince your parents.

 

NEW!You asked for it! Here's the quiz
that will let you know if you're ready for a dog.

Dogtime Toolbox: Are You Ready?

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By the way, here are some other pets you could have instead of a dog:

fish,
a cat,
a bird,
a rabbit,
a mouse,
a rat,
a hamster,
a guinea pig.

All of these pets require responsibility as well.
So be prepared before getting any pet.

 

 

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A New Dog
Planning for Your New Dog
Ready for a New Dog?
What is Responsibility?
Choosing a Dog

Allergies to Dogs

Where to Get a Dog
Shopping List
Puppy's First Day
Naming Your Dog
What About the Cat?
Lesson of the Day
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