When I first read someone mentioning the *cons of having a dog* online, I was like…
What? How can there be any cons associated with having a furry best friend?
But then I realized that some of the things one must do to take good care of their dog can be seen as cons by some people. And I realized that talking about those cons is really important as it helps filter out future dog owners that would eventually abandon their dog, leave them on the streets or neglect them and not treat them the way they deserve because they weren’t aware of all the responsibilities and “cons” of having a dog before they adopted.
It is important to help people look at all the aspects of having a dog so that they can better decide if they will be able to care for a dog for as long as the dog is alive and not just until it is convenient for them.
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Cons of having a dog
I believe most of the people, just like me, cannot imagine ever abandoning their dog or not treating them right, so to us, these cons will be negligible.
But if the following responsibilities and obligations seem too much for you, and something you might not be able to handle further in life, maybe you should think it through again before adopting. Every dog deserves an opportunity to get a loving home and a family where they’ll stay for the rest of their life and where they’ll be happy and well taken care of.
it is traumatizing for dogs to be left by their humans after faithfully loving them for years,
it is traumatizing to be chained in the backyard their whole life,
it is traumatizing to never get to go for a walk with their human.
1 You always need to be available
Your dog will depend on you for food, water, walks, cuddles… You will have to devote your free time to care for your dog so they would be happy and all their needs would be satisfied.
2 Hiring petsitter when you’re away
If you travel from time to time, or even only spend the night somewhere else, you will need to hire a pet sitter, or have your family or a friend take care of the dog during that time. Your dog has to take a walk during the day and, of course, they need to eat, pee and everything else which requires your or someone else’s presence.
3 Costs of food, healthcare…
Having a dog costs money. You can see some average expenses from the surveyed pet parents in the USA on Petfinder. The costs depend on the country you live in, but some of the things you will need to spend the money on are:
- Adoption costs
- Food, treats
- Dental toys
- Veterinary care
- Supplies such as a collar, a leash, food bowl, dog bed
- Grooming supplies such as nail grinders, brushes, shampoos etc.
- Grooming services
4 Training your dog to behave
You’ll need to be patient and train your dog to behave, that is if you adopt an adult dog that wasn’t already previously trained.
Some of the basic things you’ll need to teach your dog are:
- Potty training
- Train your dog to walk on a leash
- Socialize your dog
- Teach your dog household rules such as not to jump on the furniture, not to steal toys etc.
Training requires time and patience, so you’ll need to spend some time training your dog so that there won’t be any issues later on.
5 Cleaning the poop
Cleaning after your dog will be your new daily activity. Dogs poop anywhere from 1 to a couple of times a day and there’s no getting around it. You will need to scoop those poops on the street, in the park, or anywhere else your dog will like to do its business at.
6 Dogs chew stuff and accidentally knock things over
Dogs can be a lot like children. They can be clumsy, not caring about the things around them. They are playful and it is a matter of time when they might chew something they shouldn’t or knock something over. So, if you’re preparing to get a dog, you will need to have the patience for those small accidents.
7 Hair everywhere
If you adopt a dog that sheds a lot, you’ll need to clean more often than you normally would. Hair will be on your couch, your bed, on the floor, basically everywhere in the house. You can take a look which dog breeds don’t shed a lot.
For me personally, none of these things are an issue or something that would discourage me from getting a dog. These *so-called cons* are just one small part of a beautiful friendship between a human and their dog.
But of course, all people are different and some people might see it differently.
For me, the pros of having a dog exceed the cons by far. There are so ways a dog can improve and enrich your life.
If you are ready to take care of another living being for as long as they live and these cons don’t make you think you can’t do it, then I encourage you to go and adopt your new best friend!