Before you go looking for a dog, make sure you understand the realities of dog ownership. It can require a major change to your family, your schedule, your household routine, and, perhaps most importantly, your budget.
On the positive side of dog ownership, a dog will make you laugh, will provide companionship and will help you get more exercise. However, a dog is also a responsibility that you will need to take seriously because this dogs are dependent on you for everything.
Do you live alone? If so, then the decision whether to add a dog to your household is entirely up to you. No one can argue with you about your choice, but at the same time, you will be solely responsible for caring for the dog. Can you do it by yourself? It’s a big commitment. If you live with other people -roommates or your family – you all need to talk about getting a dog. Everyone needs to be happy with the idea of adding a dog to the household.
If you have children, you will need to choose the right breed of dog (and the correct individual dog), as not all dogs are patient and tolerant enough for kids. You also will have to be able to spend time with both the kids and the dog so that the dog learns proper, respectful behavior around children.
If the dog will be living with senior citizens, it is important to choose a breed and an individual dog that is calmer. Young puppies can be a lot of work, so for many seniors, adopting an older puppy or an adult dog is often the better choice. If you have other pets, be aware that not all dogs are friendly with other dogs, and some are not trustworthy with other animals. You’ll need to take this into consideration when you choose your new dog.
Kids and Dog on a Hill - by Arthur Sarnoff (1912-2000)