Dogs are the most popular pets in the US, so there’s a high chance that if you don’t already have
one, you’ve given the idea of getting one some serious thought. A dog – or indeed any animal –
can be a wonderful addition to your family, but at the same time pet ownership is a big
responsibility. As such, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before heading to your local
animal shelter. Here are some of the main factors to keep in mind.
Pro: Dogs will keep you physically fit
Most dogs need to be taken for a walk every single day – usually more than once. This is true even
on rainy days and chilly evenings! As such, as a dog owner you will automatically be getting some
exercise every day too. Those with energetic breeds could even go on long hikes or runs with your
Pro: Having a dog is good for your mental wellbeing
As well as boosting your physical health, having a dog can bring benefits to your mental health.
Studies have shown that petting an animal can lower your blood pressure and stress levels, which
in turn can reduce your risk of more serious issues such as heart attacks. Spending time with your
pet is also a great way to reduce depression and anxiety, helping to lighten your mood when you’re
Pro: Having a dog can help you socialize
In addition to offering you their own companionship, having a dog can help you to meet new
human friends too. This could be when out on a dog walk, at a training class, or even waiting in the
reception area at easyvet. Talking about your pet is always a great conversation starter, and you’ll
find that you’re more approachable when your dog is with you.
Pro: Dogs can be fun and affectionate companions
Dogs are known for their loyalty and unconditional love, and this is one of the main reasons people
choose to share their home with a pet. They can help you to feel less lonely, especially if you live
by yourself, which is particularly helpful for older people. Children also love bonding with animals
and having a pet can be a great way to teach them about compassion and responsibility.
Con: Dog ownership is a big responsibility
Speaking of responsibility, dog ownership certainly involves a lot of it. You won’t be able to head
off on a spontaneous vacation without either taking your dog with you or arranging for someone to
look after them. Similarly, you must feed, bathe and groom your pet, take them to vet
appointments, and generally ensure all of their needs are met. You must be certain you have the
necessary time and effort to care for a dog before choosing to adopt one.
Con: Having a dog can be expensive
Owning a dog involves lots of costs, from food and toys to pet insurance and vet bills. It’s important
to calculate roughly how much you’ll be spending, to be sure that you can afford the financial
commitment before bringing an animal into your home. Of course, ask any pet owner and they’ll tell
you the cost is more than worth it!