Do I have time for a dog?
If you are away 10-12 hours a day, bring a lot of work home, travel a lot, or are involved in a time-consuming hobby, the answer is no unless there is someone else at home. Dogs are pack animals and social creatures. It’s unfair to expect one to sit at home alone all day, half the night, and on weekends. If you are determined, you can work out an alternative arrangement. Check out doggy daycare. Maybe a neighbor can keep your pup during the day.A dog walker who will spend time playing with your dog as well as walking him can work.Perhaps you can work from home for a few hours a day. But too much alone time often leads to an unhappy, neurotic dog.
Can I afford a dog?
Consider not only the purchase price, but food, vet costs, grooming, equipment, toys,supplies, obedience classes, etc. You can cut corners on some of these things, but not all.Some costs will vary depending on the age of your dog, the size, and grooming requirements.You’ll need some disposable income to finance your new buddy.