Owning a dog can—and will be—an expensive endeavor. Some dogs will cost more than others, depending on their needs. From the very beginning, your puppy is going to cost you a fair amount.
A good safe crate—like a Gunner or Ruff Land—will cost almost $500. Depending on the size of your dog, providing the right amount of nutritious food can be expensive. And trips to the vet are never going to be cheap.
Some of these monetary expenditures can be reduced or even eliminated, but that is where the costs really start mounting up: time, dedication, and knowledge. What are the real costs of owning a dog?
It is going to take a lot of your time
If you have children, you may remember bringing your first baby home. He or she didn’t come with instructions. They don’t sleep when you want or need them to. They have all kinds of needs you hadn’t anticipated. For the next 18 years or longer, your focus is going to be on them.
Bringing a new puppy into your home won’t be much different than that moment. You don’t want them to relieve themselves in the house. This means you are going to be getting up at all hours to make sure they make it out into the yard. The simple process of potty training takes up a lot of your time. You can’t rush it.
When you get home from a long, hard day at work, the first thing you do is not going to be relaxing on the sofa with a glass of wine and the evening news on the television. Nope. You grab the leash and take your best friend for a walk and a bathroom break.
Just as in raising kids, caring and loving a dog will eat up a lot of your time. However, it is time well spent when you are sharing those moments with a loving dog that thinks the sun rises and sets with you.
Welcoming a dog into your home means devoting more than just your time. It means you have to dedicate your attention. You can’t bring a dog home as pet and companion and then leave her on her own. She needs your focus and your interest.
This is not a hobby. It is a lifestyle. You have a responsibility to care for a living creature that looks to you for friendship and care.
Knowledge is the key
In a addition to time and dedication, you should also commit to obtaining knowledge from even before you welcome your new companion into your home. Learn all you can about your new family member. Take classes. Read books and blogs from trusted and knowledgeable sources.
The real cost of owning a dog reaches beyond money. It includes giving a part of yourself.