Is Your Family Ready for a Dog?
5 of 11
Are you patient enough?
Even if you decide to get a full-grown, housebroken dog, accidents can still happen. If you decide on a puppy, do you have the patience to housebreak it? Can you handle accidents on your kitchen floor or living room rug? What if he chews something? If you treasure your oriental rug and leather furniture more than life itself, you may want to think twice about acquiring a dog. Housebreaking won't happen overnight with a puppy, and you can expect a few chewed possessions, as well. It takes time to train a pet, and even older pets can have occasional accidents. So make sure you're okay with a bit of damage to your possessions in return for gaining a new best friend.
Next: Do you have the space?