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The decision to get a dog is not something to be taken lightly An adorable puppy can tug at our heartstrings but in the end will require a significant investment of your time and money for a significant number of years Socializing and training a new puppy is time consuming and occasionally frustrating It can increase the amount of stress on the family and the dog working to provide the constant supervision socialization and training that is necessary to successfully integrate a dog into a family environment This is especially true if the primary caregivers are working outside of the home andor have young children an elderly parent or other persons andor pets to care for This does not mean that it cannot be done But the investment of time energy and money required is often underestimated by prospective dog owners Additionally depending upon what breed you ultimately select it may take some time to find the right breeder and the right puppy Reputable ethical breeders do not breed frequently And they only breed when they have found a pair who have been proven to possess the health and temperaments required to insure to the extent possible healthy well tempered offspring Making this decision impulsively can lead to frustration disappointment and eventually may result in the surrender of the dog to a shelter or rescue In the US the tragic fact is that millions of the dogs are prematurely euthanized annually And most often it is the owners not the dogs who are responsible for their premature deaths Impulsive or poorly thought out decisions the selection of a difficult or headstrong breed because it is popular or you like how it looks or for that matter any dog selected for looks rather than temperament match to your lifestyle and your ability to provide proper care and environment the lack of consideration of the lifestyle changes you may experience over the next 12
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