If you've been lucky enough to own a dog, then you know what wonderful creatures they are. It's true what they say — "dogs are too pure for this world." But while there are many benefits associated with adding a furry companion to your life, it's a big step and there's a lot to consider. Whether you're thinking of becoming a first time dog owner or adding another furry friend to your pack, here are nine signs you're not ready for a dog, according to experts.
To find out what potential dog owners should be thinking about, I checked in with Dr. Georgia Weber, DVM, a veterinarian at Riverside Animal Hospital in New York City, and dog expert/founder of Dream Come True K9, Blake Rodriguez. Because even if you're not ready now, this list will help you get ready for your future best friend. Waiting until it's the right time could save both you and your new dog a lot of heartbreak down the line.
People who get a dog before they're able to fully commit to meeting their needs may end up in giving up that dog — something that leaves both owners and pets feeling terrible. In fact, giving up your dog could have serious consequences, says Dr. Weber: "For pets, it may end in euthanasia, or behavior problems in their next home as a result of anxiety and stress from neglect and abandonment." Keeping a dog you weren't ready to own isn't always great either, as Dr. Weber points out: "Over 90 percent of behavior problems come from well-intentioned owners that love their dog but didn't consider what the dog needed in order to thrive."
"We all imagine a 'happy go lucky' pet who loves all people, children and other animals and can adjust readily to new environments and any challenge we throw their way to suit our lifestyle," Dr. Weber says.
"In reality, dogs have a wide range of personalities and many will experience situations and triggers that make them anxious and need consideration and care." Here are some of the signs you may want to hold off on that sweet little pup — for now.