Maybe it’s seeing someone play fetch with their pup in the park, or walking by a sad-eyed mutt staring at you from the pet store window. Whatever the trigger, you want to own a dog now.
But before you start seeking for your new best friend, you need to do your homework. Dogs are great fun and hugely rewarding, but having one can also be costly and time-consuming.
Sadly, a lot of people don’t realize this until it’s too late. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly 4 million dogs end up in shelters every year.
You’re ready for the unconditional love, but are you ready for the responsibility? Here are ten important things every potential dog owner needs to know.
1. Dogs are for life
The average lifespan of a dog is 13 years so make sure you are ready for a long dedicated devotion to your new furry friend. That means loving your pet after the puppy stage, into their naughty vigorous teens and then the golden years of Fido’s life.
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