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Dogs are the world’s most beloved pet and have been rightfully deemed “man’s best friend.” However, the decision to add a dog to your household should not be taken lightly. Owning and caring for a dog is a significant responsibility. Here are some of the things you should consider before adding a dog to your family. 

1. Caring for a new dog is a lot of work.

First, before adopting a new dog, you need to be prepared to do a lot of work. Even if you adopt an older dog, they will need time to acclimate to their new environment, which will take time and care. Your dog may require training. Training a dog requires time and patience, as well as consistent effort. Be sure that you are willing to do the work before you adopt.

2. You should pet-proof your home.

Owning a new dog will probably require some changes to your home. Just as you would childproof your home when bringing home a new baby, you will want to look around your house for any items that potentially harm (or be harmed) by your new dog. Look around your home for potential hazards such as small items, wires, medications, or chemicals. You should place all of these things in a location that will not be accessible to your new best friend. 

3. It takes time for dogs to get used to new surroundings. 

Do you imagine that you will adopt your dog and they will love their new home the minute they arrive?  Unfortunately, this is not the reality for most dogs. Dogs typically take at least three days to get over the shock of changing their environment. In a few weeks, dogs start to get used to being in a new home. In about three months, dogs are usually settled in and feeling at home in their new environment. So, it takes time, but your dog will eventually be comfortable and feel like part of the family.

4. Dogs don’t always get along with other pets. 

If you have other pets at home, you probably dream about them being best friends with your new dog. However, many pets do not get along, especially at first. Your new dog might chase or even be aggressive towards your other pets. This behaviour might settle down once your dog is acclimated to your home, or it may continue indefinitely. 

5. Your new dog will eventually be your best friend. 

Although it is a big responsibility to get a new dog, you don’t need to worry. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort it takes to make your dog comfortable, your dog will eventually grow to love you and be your new best friend!