You asked “Explain why buying a dog is a bad choice?”
There are several reasons why buying a dog may not be a good choice for everyone. Here are a few:
Owning a dog can be expensive. From purchasing the dog, to providing food, toys, and vet care, the cost can add up quickly. It’s important to be prepared for these expenses and to ensure that you can provide for your dog’s needs for its entire lifetime. Getting a good pet insurance is a security net you should have incase your dog falls ill or needs surgery.
Time Commitment- do you have time for a dog?
Dogs require a significant amount of time and attention. They need regular exercise, socialization, training, and playtime. If you are not able to provide this, your dog may become bored, anxious, or develop behavioral issues. You also need a lot of free time if you bring a puppy home. They are loads of fun but also require to be cared for like you would a baby for the first few months.
Lifestyle & Breed Compatibility
Not all lifestyles are suitable for owning a dog. If you travel frequently, have a busy work schedule, or live in a small apartment with limited outdoor space, a dog may not be the best fit for you. It’s important to consider whether your lifestyle can accommodate a dog’s needs. To quote the old saying “a house is not a home without a dog” is true but it is important for you to think of the dog’s emotional needs. Once you have a dog leaving them alone for long periods of time every day can lead to behavioural problems.
Do you have an active lifestyle? Can you give your dog the exercise and stimulation its breed requires? These are considerations many first time pet owners over look. Breeds such as Jack Russells and Labrador Retrievers are great family dogs, but both require a lot of exercise because they are working breeds. Which means the original purpose of the breed was to work. So these dogs need mental and physical stimulation to be healthy and to live in a family and community without behavioural issues.
Responsibility toward your dog
Owning a dog requires a great deal of responsibility. You will need to provide your dog with a safe and comfortable living environment, as well as regular exercise, grooming, and veterinary care. If you are not willing or able to take on these responsibilities, a dog may not be the best choice for you.
Many dogs are bred and sold by breeders who prioritize profit over the welfare of the dogs. In addition, there are many dogs in shelters and rescues who need loving homes. It’s important to consider ethical considerations when deciding whether to buy a dog. While adopting a dog from a shelter is a wonderful experience and ‘adopt don’t shop’ is the mantra of the hour be aware that adopting a shelter dog is not easy.
Tying it all Together
Overall, while owning a dog can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, it’s important to carefully consider your lifestyle, financial situation, and ability to take on the responsibilities of dog ownership before making a decision to buy a dog. Social media and especially Instagram reels and videos have us believing it is easy to own a pet. The reality is it is hard work, but also incredibly rewarding.
It is easy to explain why buying a dog is a bad choice, but the choice is yours. Check out our next step in your guide which whom and from where do you ‘get a dog’. Buying a dog is a bad choice if you are not dealing with a breeder who is a professional. Think of it in terms of buying a car- would you buy a car from a dealer you never heard of, had no reviews and insisted he would bring the car to you.