Dog or No Dog: a Post-Graduation Pet?

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Life as a college senior consists of job searching and trying to stay focused on school without falling into the senior slump. I’d say the first half is so much easier than the latter probably because senioritis has hit me like a sack of rocks. But as I’m looking for a job for next year, I’m also questioning whether or not I want to get a pet to keep me company. As an avid dog lover, I’m trying to figure out when is the right time to get my first dog.

But before I go running down to the pet store to bring home a super cute, adorable, and cuddly ball of a puppy, there are a few things I would need to think about regarding both my lifestyle and the animal’s lifestyle:

1. Cost

The yearly cost of having a dog can range from $360 to $2,520 (or more). Considering the average lifespan is 12 years for a dog, raising a puppy could cost between $4,620 and $32,990 over its lifetime. Dogs are a life time commitment and it can be an expensive one.

2. Time

Dogs require a daily time commitment. I need to keep in mind how much time I can commit to take my dog out for a walk, play in the park, feed it, etc. Also a puppy will require even more time with potty training and doggy-sitting.

3. Emotional Commitment

Getting a dog becomes a full-time relationship. The dog needs love, attention, support, and care very much similar to a small child.

4. Type of Dog

Bigger dogs take up more space; smaller dogs need to use the restroom more often; bigger dogs may be energetic; smaller dogs may also be energetic. It is important to note the breed of dog as it pertains to where I will be living.

It is a lot to consider. Get a pet when you are fully ready to be responsible for it. As much as I want one now, it may be better to wait for the right time.

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