Responsibility With Dogs
20 Jun 12
Pro's: You will have a true friend for life. A dog always shows his/her love to you. You won't spend any more time alone. You will be forced to get out more, with all the benefits that come from this: you spend more time outside, you move more so you maintain your silhouette. You will know who is a real friend and who isn't. Those who will accept you with your dog will remain your friend, while others will go away. Con's: You have to be prepared to spend a lot on vet bills. (Vets ain't cheap, you know?) You have to have time to be spent with your dog. You must go out with him even if it's a rainy day, even if you don't feel well. You must know your vacations won't be the same. Not every hotel accept tourists with dogs. You have to be prepared for lots of tears when he/she will be gone. Let us know about your decision.
6 Jul 12
You should be able to give that dog a good shelter, good food, regular bath, regular health maintenance like taking the dog in the vet regularly and also its regular anti rabies injection. Apart from this you should consider the dog part of the family and give the kindest treatment you could ever give.
• United States
6 Jul 12
Dogs are wonderful companions. But the other poster who listed the pros and cons was correct. The suggestion of getting one from a shelter is a wonderful one. However, for a first time dog owner, make sure you question the shelter about any behavior problems. For long time dog owners, we can handle about anything. I've adopted dogs with huge behaviour problems, knowing it in advance, and knowing I could handle it, rehab them, and make them awesome family members. That is the big thing about adoption, make sure that it's well balanced for a beginner dog owner. You don't want to have to become attached to it, come across a behaviour problem and then have to return it to the shelter. There are people who have done this. There are also Breed Rescue organizations. For example, if you like Boxer dogs, my favorite breed, they have tons of dogs up for adoption because the boxer is playful but very stubborn, and some people just want a dog that obeys all the time. I would think a first person dog owner should look up a golden retriever rescue group. From what I know, Golden Retrievers are excellent for beginners. I do not care for them, as I like more 'sassy' breeds like boxers. but for beginners a golden retriever from a golden retriever rescue group is a good thing. :) Good Luck!