October: Adopt a Shelter
Quiz: Are You Ready For A Dog?
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There are so many wonderful reasons to get a dog. But for some of
us, there may be a few reasons not to have one. Don't just think about how a dog will
enhance your life, but ask yourself, "What am I willing to do to enhance the life of
my dog?" Take this quiz and see if the time for you to have a dog is now.
1. What do you expect your life to be like in the next few years?
2. How much time does an adult in your household spend at home awake?
3. How would you best describe your home?
4. How would you be affected if your dog needed surgery or special medical care that would cost in excess of $500?
5. Which of the following best describes your living situation?
6. What would be your support system for the dog when you go out of town?
7. How often do you travel?
8. Which answer most closely describes why you want to get a dog?
Add up your scores...
If you scored .
You have the right attitude for being a dog owner. You understand the responsibility entailed with a dog. You are ready to make a lifelong commitment to your dog. You want to have a dog become a loving member of your family. You are prepared for all of the work it will require. You're ready for all of the surprises.
Your heart is probably in the right place. You think you want a dog, but you still need to seriously consider all the issues involved. It may be best to re-evaluate your circumstances at a later date. If you're set on getting a dog now, you should make some changes in your lifestyle to prepare yourself for becoming a dog owner. A lot of time, not only for training, but also for the responsibilities and challenges that come with bringing a dog into your family. If you decide you simply can't commit now, there are alternatives that may satisfy your dog desires. Spend some time with your friends' dogs. Offer to dog-sit when friends go out of town. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or kennel. Do some more research. When you are finally ready, begin making the adjustments to turn your home into a dog's home.24-32 You should really think this through
Although you may feel strongly about having a dog, stop and reconsider. Rather than answering the question, 'Do I want a dog?' turn the question around and ask: 'Would a dog want me?' Would a dog be able to depend on you to housebreak it and train it with love, patience, and positive reinforcement; to walk it in the rain, even if you have a cold; to love it through sickness and health, housebreaking accidents, and gnawed table-legs? If not, and youre in doubt, youre probably not ready to have a dog. It's okay, it doesn't mean you're a bad person. This may not be the time for you but think about it again at a later date when either you or your circumstances have changed. In the meantime, enjoy your friends' dogs or volunteer at a local animal shelter. But don't give in to the impulse to take one home when a sad and lonely puppy cocks its head and flutters its eyelashes wait until the time is right.