How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner

Anyone can own a dog, but it takes a responsible owner to ensure the dog lives a happy life.

When you adopt (or buy) a dog, you are signing up for a decade's worth of commitment to care. Most likely more! Here are a few initial steps to ensure you make the right decision.

First, keep in mind your living situation, lifestyle, and personality. If you are out of the house a lot, are you willing to spend money on doggy daycare or proper house training? Or train them to behave well while they accompany you?

If you work from home, will it be better to adopt an older dog over a puppy? Yes, you have the time at home with them. However, this doesn't mean a puppy's energy will fit your life.

Most importantly, you will need to research the breed. Mut or not, it's good to understand what sort of habits and demeanor they will have. Their breed will also determine whether or not it will match you and your family. Sure, huskies are adorable, but they're (usually) loyal to only one or two people. So they may not fit into a family with small children. 

Also, take into account size. A Belgian Sheepdog wouldn't fit into apartment living, and a small dog, like

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