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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Having a Dog

I am the proud owner of two beautiful Dachshunds who have both grown up to be very social and well-behaved.

The Pros and Cons of Having a Dog

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. They are now eight years old and are still as active as they were when they were only three years old. They have brought me nothing but happiness and helped me through the most difficult times.

Before you consider getting a dog, please be aware that it is not an easy task to raise and train well-behaved dogs. They are like little kids when they are young, and they don't know what's right and what's wrong. It's your responsibility to teach them and have the patience to do so. They cannot just be discarded like used clothing if they don't "work." 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: The Benefits of Having a Dog

  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. They have the above-mentioned positive effects on the whole family.
  6. Dogs can protect you. Your dog might not be dangerous, but by simply barking, he can keep away a burglar who might think of entering your house.

Disadvantages of Having a Dog

  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 natural surroundings. So if you don’t live close to a park, forest, or another 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 for a kennel when you go on vacation. Dog kennels are not cheap.
  3. You will need a dog babysitter when you're gone. Be aware that whenever you go on a trip, even if it is only for a couple of days, you will need someone to watch your dog. Whether 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Jennifer Madison


Lisa on August 25, 2020:

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Josephine on April 29, 2020:

I like your useful tips and suggestions, Jennifer. I like how you're suggesting people who want to have pets to adopt them from the adoption center, breeder or animal shelters. Many people choose the cuter, or more beautiful pets and it just makes me sad to see pets not getting chosen. :)

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responding to how dogs need walks. Not always it is depending on what kind of dog you get

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lee on April 08, 2019:

You forgot to mention that now a days when you walk your dog, you are required, as a responsible pet owner, to pick up your dog's poop and Carry it with you until you drop it in an appropriate disposal unit.

This may or may not be something you are willing to do.

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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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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

dogs are the best on May 19, 2017:

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Steve Taylor on February 22, 2017:

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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Bibek on January 11, 2017:

I love dogs they are amazing

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Davoli on January 05, 2017:

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

Chewie The Firsr on December 07, 2016:

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

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Maxine on June 12, 2016:

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

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James Bond on December 30, 2015:

It wa s a great information given by you.

Allison Loker on December 02, 2014:

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!

uanea on October 27, 2014:

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