The Advantages and Disadvantages of Having a Dog

Updated on February 18, 2016

I have been a happy dog owner for many years now. My two dachshund mixes came to me when they were only 45 days old and have grown up to be two well-behaved, beautiful, and very social dogs.

However, I must say it is not an easy task to raise and train them to be good dogs. You have to have a certain personality in order to be a good dog owner and also be aware of the fact that they're creatures, not products. They cannot (or rather should not) be discarded like used clothing and if you really want a dog, you have to realize that he'll be yours for the next 10-20 years.

Here are the pros and cons of dog ownership.

Dogs Love to Play
Dogs Love to Play

Advantages

  1. Dogs are fun. They play with you and will run with you.
  2. Dogs are loyal. They wouldn’t ever betray you. They'll follow you everywhere, protect you, and don’t ask for much in return.
  3. Dogs will help you get exercise at least twice a day. Through regular exercise you can lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and decrease your risk of diabetes.
  4. A dog is not only a pet but a best friend at the same time. Research shows that dog owners fared better when it came to depression, loneliness, disease, self-esteem, meaningful existence, stress, and activity.
  5. Dogs are great family members and have the above-mentioned positive effects on the whole family.
  6. Your dog might not be dangerous, but by simply barking he can keep away a burglar who might think of entering your house.

Disadvantages

  1. Time commitment. A dog is not happy if he doesn’t have daily exercise and can only do his business in the backyard or at the street corner. That is why it is harder to have a dog, especially a big one, inside the city. Dogs need to run, enjoy their freedom, and use their noses in a natural surrounding. So if you don’t live close to a park, forest, or other green area, you should consider not getting a dog.
  2. Cost. You need to buy dog food, go to the vet at least once a year (provided your dog is healthy), and pay a kennel when you go on vacation. Dog kennels are not cheap.
  3. Be aware that whenever you go on a trip, even if it is only for a couple days, you will need someone to watch your dog. Wether a close relative, a friend, or a dog kennel, it needs to be someone who has at least some knowledge about dogs and how to take care of them.
  4. Training is a commitment. Some people don’t like it if dogs jump on them, especially when their paws are wet or dirty, and it is always useful when a dog is trained to sit. Dogs should get to know limits like what is their food and what is ours, which areas (like the couch or the bed) are off-limits, and most important of all, their business has to be done outside (the latter requires a lot of time and patience and needs to be taught from the very beginning to avoid raising a problem dog).

What to Consider Before a Purchase

Before choosing a dog, an appropriate amount of research needs to be done about the different breeds' behaviors, likes, and dislikes. Dogs can be as different as cars, you have the Porsches as well as the Smarts: Porsche drivers won't be happy driving a Smart car (and vice-versa). There are dogs who like water, others who enjoy digging, and still others who love to run long distances.

Consider whether you prefer getting a dog from a breeder or an animal shelter. Animal shelters are full of furballs looking for a loving home.

With proper research, you can be sure to find the dog that is suited to your lifestyle and whose needs will be satisfied in your home.


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        Faiths flyzee kaps 

        2 weeks ago

        Dogs are dishonourful creature i hate them

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        They are my favorite 

        2 weeks ago

        And i love them so much

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        coolllll 

        4 weeks ago

        I too love dogs a lot

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        jjj 

        4 weeks ago

        This is a very great website and thank for you guys opinion.

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        Sampurna 

        5 months ago

        Great

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        Just someone 

        7 months ago

        Thank you for the great article! I'm trying to get a dog and wanted to see other's opinions.

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        yo 

        7 months ago

        nice

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        Shekhar verma 

        9 months ago

        Good very good

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        Kartikeya 

        9 months ago

        They are very adorable and friendly

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        Khushaal 

        10 months ago

        Thanking you for giving good advice before adopting a pet.

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        Swetha 

        12 months ago

        Dogs can mingle with us easily by taking dogs helps you a lot

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        GMRB 

        12 months ago

        I love dogs and my family owns two of them. They are surely great companions. Dog are awesome! Anyone who doesn't like dogs is weird.

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        abc123 

        12 months ago

        i dont have a dog but im getting one!!!

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        PINK 4 THE WIN 

        13 months ago

        SHOOT I THOUGHT DOGS STINK BUT THEY TURN OUT AWESOME

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        Shimmy yeah shimmy yeah 

        13 months ago

        Yeah pretty much true.

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        ashmit 

        14 months ago

        nice web

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        hi 

        14 months ago

        realy helped

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        gigi 

        16 months ago

        I agree with it

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        makayla 

        16 months ago

        i have a dog and she is roxy and she will bark at our chickens to keep me protected from one of them if they try to peck at me i love her so much she is so cool she is a little ball of fluf

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        dogs are the best 

        17 months ago

        they play with you

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        poop 

        17 months ago

        thanks really helped

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        asma badri 

        17 months ago

        i have always wanted a dog but my dad dosn't like dogs

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        Eran Stone 

        18 months ago

        I have always wanted a Dog, but my Husband said he doesn't want one. This Can change his mind. I need this. Very helpful.

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        Karl 

        19 months ago

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        19 months ago

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        Steve Taylor 

        20 months ago

        An amazing blog. Every dog owner should know about the advantages and disadvantages of having a dog. While owning a dog is a wonderful experience, just make sure you're prepared for the responsibility. Before really purchasing a dog, consider fostering one for a half a month to get the feel for what kind of schedule you'll have to keep.

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        k.k 

        20 months ago

        Thankyou for your information , I learnt a lot from here !!

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        Aiden 

        21 months ago

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        I just made a whole speech with this information,THANK YOU Jennifer

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        Jordan 

        21 months ago

        I am laughing at that pic of the dog and the baby look at his head

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        Hiiiiiii 

        21 months ago

        Hi my name is Jeff I am laughing at the babies hair cut I can't stop sos

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        Bibek 

        21 months ago

        I love dogs they are amazing

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        Carter 

        21 months ago

        Thanks for the info I needed it

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        Davoli 

        21 months ago

        I think dogs are absolutely devine. My grandmother has a mix named zob!!

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        Chewie The Firsr 

        22 months ago

        I like Dogs because the huskies and collies are the most wolf-like dogs to exist

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        Anna 

        2 years ago

        thanks for helping me finish my homework.

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        Prenasha 

        2 years ago

        Great article on the advantages and disadvantages of getting a dog .

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        Yohm 

        2 years ago

        Help me get the right dog for my son

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        Shruti 

        2 years ago

        Thank you very much this information helps me to complete my project

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        Maxine 

        2 years ago

        Why haven't you mentioned the risk of disease from dogs

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        dogluver101 

        2 years ago

        great article... i'm trying to convince my parents to get a dog and this will be significantly helpful!!!!

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        abm 

        2 years ago

        Thank you

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        jay 

        2 years ago

        thanks i have project on it

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        James Bond 

        2 years ago

        It wa s a great information given by you.

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        Allison Loker 

        3 years ago from Brooklyn

        Thank you for sharing this information. It's wonderful that you have two dogs that bring you so much happiness!

        You bring up a lot of good points, especially that people should consider the pros and cons before bringing a pet into their home.

        Though, I have to say that I don't necessarily agree with your input about owning a dog if you live in the city. I live in Brooklyn and have two large breed dogs. They are extremely well cared for, walked multiple times a day, socialized with the many other dogs we come across on our walks and are very happy pups. While it may seem like dogs cannot thrive in an urban environment, that's not always the case. Pet ownership shouldn't be a privilege only for those who live in rural areas with sprawling lawns. From my own experience, that's not necessary to a long and happy life for dogs :)

        Thank you again for sharing and I hope others consider your suggestions for deciding what is right for their family!

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        uanea 

        3 years ago

        I lve dogs because they loyal, intelligent, devotion and affection are increibly rewarding . For dog owners nothing could be more enjoyable than a long walk with their best friendon a fresh windy morning , but caring for a dog is lot of work

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