Choosing to add a furry friend to your family is one of the best decisions that you can make. Whether you’ve had dogs before, you have a dog now, or you’ve been eager to add a four-legged friend to your family, adoption is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of. That being said, adopting a dog is something that shouldn’t be done without some serious thought beforehand.

In today’s blog, we are going to talk about a few of the things that you should know before you decide to adopt a pet. Hopefully, the information in today’s blog can help you determine if this is the right choice. Let’s dive right in.  

Make Sure You Can Afford It

People often think that adoption is a more affordable option of adding a dog to the family, but that doesn’t mean that the dog comes free of expenses. Before you bring a dog into your home, you should make sure that you can manage the bills that are going to come with it.

For starters, you need to make sure that you can afford the medical bills associated with keeping them up to date on vaccinations and getting them fixed. You also need to be able to afford food and supplies that ensure they live a comfortable life. A list of pet supplies includes but is not limited to a collar, leash, dog bed, and toys.

Are You Ready for the Responsibility

Dogs can be expensive, but they’re also extremely time-consuming. Before you decide to adopt a dog, you should make sure that you’re ready to prioritize your dog before yourself. From waking up earlier to ensure that they are fed and have time to go to the bathroom to the additional time it takes to train them and play with them, there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with getting a new dog.

There are plenty of times where people are more than capable of caring for a dog and taking on the responsibility, but their schedule doesn’t exactly make it easy. If you know that you are going to struggle to provide a dog with the life that they deserve, it might be better to consider holding off on the adoption.

Consider What You’re Giving Up

If, right now, you don’t have any animals or children that you need to put before yourself, it’s good to know that this addition could drastically change the way you live your life. For example, if you are used to making last minute plans and taking a spur of the moment trips, it’s going to be much more difficult.

Dogs require planning. Before you commit to plans or book a trip, you need to figure out how your dog is going to receive the care that they need. Are you going to have a friend babysit them or is boarding going to be your best option? A lot of times, getting care for your dog when you are unable to is going to come at a price, which is another thing that you need to consider.

Devoted Outdoor Time

When you decide to adopt a pup, it’s essential to realize that you’re going to need to devote quite a bit of time to keep them entertained. While some dogs are definitely going to have more energy than others, it’s absolutely crucial that you devote some time outdoors each and every day. Whether you have a fenced yard that your pup can run around in or you need to take a quick drive to a dog park, it’s important that your dog gets some type of exercise every single day.

Time to Train

Whether you’re adopting a new dog or an old dog, training is something that will likely need to be done. Even dogs that have had years of training can experience difficulty transitioning into a new home where things aren’t going to be exactly the same. That being said, you should make sure that you have time to dedicate to training your new dog.

The amount of training that a dog gets can contribute significantly to their temperament and how well they behave. If you’ve never trained a dog before or you haven’t had much success with the training that you have done, consider visiting the team at Sit Means Sit in Northern Virginia.

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Adopting a dog is a big deal. Unfortunately, too many people rush into the decision and wind up with more on their plate than they can handle. It’s in situations like this that dogs find their way back to a shelter or a rescue. We hope that the points we’ve covered above are things that you’ll consider before you make your final decision.

From basic commands to more significant lessons that are tied to behavior, Sit Means Sit is happy to provide dog owners in Northern Virginia with premier dog training services. We offer both puppy training classes as well as private lessons for you to take advantage of. So, whether the pup that you adopt is a fresh canvas ready to soak in all sorts of information or there are a few bad habits that need to be broken, our team is here to help. Contact us today to get your training session in Manassas scheduled.