When is the best time to become a dog owner?

Owning a pet is a wonderful experience.

There are proven research studies that a dog, especially, bring many benefits for their owners. They can add years to your life, help you get fit, lower stress, and anxiety. 

So according to the facts, getting a dog is the best thing that you could do. The jury is out on this one, and it’s not true in some cases. We investigate why some people maintain that you shouldn’t get a dog until you’re 40.

You become a homebody

There’s no better excuse for leaving a function or turning down a date than saying you need to go home to feed the dog. Dog owners, it seems, skip on more vacations than even parents with toddlers. For many millennials, pets have become replacements for children. 

In the same way as your social life gets restricted when you have children, dogs can create barriers to certain aspects of life. You aren’t able to make decisions on a whim if you’re tied to the pooch at home.

It’s fine if you feel the need to settle down a bit. However, when you’re in your 20s and 30s, being limited by a furry friend’s feeding schedule may not ideal. 

Dogs are expensive

In your younger years when you’re trying to save and build a life for yourself, unexpected expenses can put a spanner in the works. Dogs need care, nourishment, and plenty of toys, believe those at petlife.com

Giving your pooch the best can get expensive meaning less money for other essential items. In 2019, pets on average cost owners up to $1,836 per year. That was just for the basics such as food. On top of that, you need to factor in the cost of regular vet visits and put aside money in case your canine friend gets ill or is in an accident. 

If within the same time frame you get married and have children, the financial burden could create feelings of resentment towards your furry friend. At the age of 40 and beyond, your finances are hopefully more stable than earlier in life. You’ll be able to give your dog the best possible care which you might not have been able to afford in your younger years.

You have time constraints

During your late 20s and into your 30s, you’re very likely trying to build a career. Many times this means long hours and weekend work to climb the ladder of success. If you have a dog, what it means for them is loneliness and in a way, emotional neglect. Of course, you don’t mean it in any way, but it’s sometimes the harsh reality of the working individual. 

It hardly seems fair for the animal, so if you’re a workaholic or often have to put in overtime, don’t get a dog. Puppies need exercise and companionship, depriving them of either could leave you with a destructive animal that destroys your furniture in frustration. By the time most people reach the age of 40, they have their work schedules under control. 

Forty-somethings tend to work fewer hours as they have established themselves in their careers. Wait until then to adopt a pooch. You’ll be calmer and more attentive, and your canine companion will feel that love. If you do have time constraints, then it’s also unlikely you’ll have the time to train your dog

Now you might think it’s unnecessary, but untrained hounds can become problem animals. At best, your pet will be unruly with no respect for you or your house rules. Expect chewed furniture with doggie messes everywhere. 

On the more extreme side of not training your dog, is a mutt that doesn’t get along with anyone. It might be with mild consequences, but some dogs can snap and get vicious if not socialized. 

It’s a long-term commitment

You remember your best paw buddy when you were a kid, and it was awesome. Now you’ve left home and want the same feelings as before. You need to realize that a dog is a long-term commitment. It’s not a few months or a couple of years. You’re looking at a lifespan of up to 15 or 20 years for some breeds, as experts at PetLife.com explain. 

Many young people aren’t sure what their plans are in the next week let alone in the next 10 years. The 20s and 30s are often a busy time for most people who are trying to figure out what they want from life. It might include travel or even moving to another country. 

If you haven’t quite decided which direction your life is heading, it’s best to wait to get a dog. When you get to 40, you should be in a better position to know which way you’re heading. You’ve likely got plans laid out, and these can include adopting a puppy if you feel it’s the right time. 

Final thoughts

A dog is a fantastic creature, loyal and loving to the very end. They’re creatures that show unconditional love to anyone who takes the time to love them first. If you’re a workaholic with an ambitious career or frequently travel, then postpone adopting a pooch until you’ve settled. Most 40-year-olds have established careers and personal lives with more time and patience for training a dog. 

Financially they tend to be better off, meaning the animal will receive the best care which younger individuals can’t always afford.

Ultimately if you have any doubts that you can give your pooch the best care, love, and attention, then rather wait until you’re a little older to adopt. 

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