When you’re making a decision about whether you’re ready to provide a forever home for a dog, it can be helpful to think about it from your canine companion’s perspective. Here are some questions your future dog would have wanted to ask you.
- As a pack animal, what I want most is companionship. Will you be there for me? Will you give me affection and play with me regularly?
- Have you made sure you're not allergic to me? Check with your doctor to find out!
- Will you be able to provide me with toys so I can entertain myself when you’re not home?
- Us dogs love to get outside and explore. Will you have time to take me for walks at least twice a day, rain or shine?
- If you don't have ample time to walk me and take me outside, will you be able to afford a dog walker or will you be able to send me to a doggy daycare to play with my friends during the day?
- I love spending time with you. Will we be able to spend quality time together every day?
- Will I be able to spend indoor and outdoor time with you? Please don’t make me spend all of my time outside unless I’m a Nordic breed like a husky, in which case I might prefer to be outside!
- Do you have a safe, fenced backyard? If not, are you ready to take me for a walk every time I have to pee?
- If you live in an apartment or condo, have you checked if I am allowed to live with you?
- Will you take me to school to teach me good manners? Maybe I can learn some fun tricks, too!
- You have nice things, and I wouldn't want to ruin them. Will you provide me with appropriate chew toys to fulfill my urge to chew instead so I can avoid wrecking your shoes?
- Will you be okay if I shed or if I slobber on your clothes? Sometimes dogs can be a little messy.
- Will you groom me regularly so my fur doesn’t get all tangled and matted?
- Will you get me all the things I need to live a healthy and fulfilling life? Like good quality food and treats, a comfy bed and great toys?
- Have you found me a vet? I need regular checkups to make sure I stay healthy and happy. You should also check out pet insurance to help with expenses if I get sick or get into an accident.