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9 Things to Know Before Getting a Dog

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9 Things to Know Before Getting a Dog

By PetMD

Have you been dreaming of getting a dog ever since you saw the reruns of the television classic Lassie as a kid? Or maybe you were fortunate enough to watch the original series. While your dog might not be able to save you week after week from a burning building, a runaway freight train, or the bottom of a well (and in the time it takes to finish a 30-minute episode, too!), owning a dog can be a wonderful experience.

Here are 10 things you should know and consider before choosing your canine friend.

1. Dogs Take Up a Lot of Time and Energy.

Yes, they are rewarding. But if you live alone and work twenty hours a day, then perhaps a dog is not the best choice for you. Hey, there are always those super-cool robot dogs!

See Also: 10 Tips for New Cat Owners

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Yes, certainly those who want a dog and leave the dog outside all the time to bark for hours on end and yearn for inclusion in its pack residing indoors should never have a dog. Dogs are social animals and should be included in ones life. Otherwise get a pet rock.

7:08PM PDT on May 27, 2012

I don't agree that large dogs need lots of space....you can have a large dog in an apartment as easily as you have a small dog IF you commit to regular exercise, whether it be daily walks or taking him/her to a dog park.

Yes, dogs are a lot of work but they are SO worth it as long as you're willing to commit to a dog for his/her entire life. Personally, I don't ever want a puppy b/c I don't have the time, the patience, or the knowledge to train a dog. Since most people want puppies, there are always lots of adult dogs in shelters or rescues and adult dogs make GREAT pets.

6:05AM PDT on May 27, 2012

I would add that you will need to train them twice, first when they are puppies and then a year later when they become a teenager.

5:39PM PDT on May 23, 2012

The only thing I would like to ask is please try & rescue a dog rather than buying one from a breeder. There are so many great dogs out there that deserve a loving home.

4:25PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Vasectomy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasectomy
Tubectomy (Tubal ligation):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubal_ligation

1:00PM PDT on May 21, 2012

Thanks for posting!

12:11PM PDT on May 14, 2012

noted

4:40PM PDT on May 11, 2012

Please don't spay or neuter, it's cruel.
Animals have rights (or should have rights) to their bodies and body parts.
Vasectomize or Tubectomize. It's easier to perform too.
Please read my earlier comment.

3:41PM PDT on May 10, 2012

and the most important part of getting a pet: Please spay/neuter your pets! I have volunteered in many shelters and there really is no more room...and entering animals get euthanized. Don't say: "my dog/cat never gets out" -- It just takes once. Another important part of getting a pet: Adopt--don't buy from breeders or pet shops. There are many young and older animals in need of homes..we don't need to encourage even more animals ending up in shelters.

10:46AM PDT on May 9, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

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