7 Things Pet People Want You to Know Before You Get a Dog

Thinking of getting a dog? Consider these life changes!

By Leslie Phelan

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Your friends who have dogs want you to join the club – there are never enough furry friends in any given clique!

But as much as you might be thinking seriously about bringing home your first canine buddy, pet owners want to take a moment to remind you that beyond the sweet, slobbery kisses is a ton of responsibility and life changes that you may not have considered yet.

1. You’ll enjoy less freedom

There will be fewer sleep-ins, and gone are the days when you can just lounge around and do absolutely nothing – someone has to pee and poop and their digestive system slows for no one, not even your sweat pant-wearing self while you mope around sick or hung over.
After work, it’s straight home for you because your buddy’s been inside all day and, by right, needs to chase a squirrel or two before dinner.

2. Travel will require extra organizing and planning

Are you someone who loves to get out of town for the weekend or hop a flight to an exotic locale on a whim?

Yes? Well then you’ll want to make sure you a.) have a willing and reliable dog-sitter at the ready, or b.) are able to take your pooch with you? (Check out our travel section for lots of pet-friendly destination and info).

3. There will be extra cleaning

They don’t have a toilet and you can’t read their mind, so sometimes things will happen on beige carpets; it’s a risk that comes with the territory. But even if they are perfectly housetrained and never have accidents, inevitably you will have paw dirt to sweep, hair to vacuum, and slobber marks to Windex.

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