Adopting a dog? 5 Lifestyle changes to make now

16 Apr, 2021

Adopting a dog? 5 Lifestyle changes to make now

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If you have always dreamed of adopting a dog and you are finally about to take the plunge read on. Becoming a pet owner is about more than just nurturing a young animal and training it to be viable as a pet in your home. You too need to be ready. Here are some top tips to help you consider your lifestyle and to prepare to let a young dog into your life and home.

Adopting a dog changes your life

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Adopting more than one dog at a time will take work

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You may have long dreamed of adopting a dog. When you plan on adopting a dog is exciting. It’s also a big decision that will require some major lifestyle changes.

If you are adopting a puppy then it is even more important that you prepare yourself and your home.

Here are five changes you’ll need to make to provide the right home and before adopting a dog.  

Free up space on your calendar

You likely already know that any pet will be a time commitment, so before you adopt a pet plan the time to make that commitment. But, unless you luck out and get a fully-trained, senior rescue dog, you’re probably underestimating exactly how much time you’ll need to commit training your new furry friend.

Whether you’re going down the rescue road or adopting a puppy from a reputable breeder, there’s going to be a substantial learning curve.

Behavioural issues when adopting a dog

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Making time to help your dog to settle will help then feel welcome and comfortable with you

Rescue dogs often have behavioral problems, such as fear-aggression towards other dogs, or shyness and anxiety. Sometimes when you are adopting a dog from a shelter you may not realise the full extent of the problem.

However, many people still decide to adopt a dog from animal rescue and adoption organization so that they can give these rejected dogs a second chance at a home home and a comfortable life with loving companions.

It is often only once you have been together for a while that you realise they need help and training. They may have never been properly trained to walk on a leash or obey commands. Puppies can be even more challenging, especially if you’ve never trained a dog before.

You should expect your first three to six months to be spent following and applying puppy training tips. Make sure your schedule can accommodate this. 

Be prepared to spend more time at home after adopting a dog

Gone are the days when you’d meet your coworkers for drinks after work and take spontaneous weekend trips. While you may feel that you’re able to leave your dog alone for hours at a time, it isn’t fair to the animal. Unless you work from home, a 40-hour office-based work week away from your pet is already pushing it. 

If you live in a large household and have family members who are willing to take turns taking care of your dog, you may have more flexibility. It’s important that you seriously consider your lifestyle to determine if a dog is a good fit

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Make sure you and your prospective dog suit each other

Achieve financial security

Becoming a pet owner has certain responsibilities, not least financial. Your dog is going to cost you a lot more than you might think. In addition to all the food, toys, grooming costs, and other supplies, there will be regular vet appointments.

It only takes a split second for your dog to eat something he shouldn’t have or lunge at a porcupine, requiring an expensive trip to the vet. 

As your dog ages, you can expect more frequent trips to the vet, where your dog may be prescribed medication or therapy. While you can’t guarantee your financial future, set aside some money while your dog is still young to help with senior dog vet bills down the road. Adopting a dog carries real responsibilities. 

Move into a pet-friendly place before adopting a dog

Your living situation is a very important consideration when getting a dog. A large breed should have a backyard with lots of space to roam around, while smaller dogs are more suited to apartment living. If a backyard isn’t an option and you do want a larger breed, you need to be prepared to take your dog on frequent walks. 

Living in an apartment has other restrictions. If you’re renting, make sure your apartment building is pet-friendly. If it’s not, you’ll have to find a new place. Websites like can help you filter through potential properties for a place that fits all your needs. 

Get active before adopting a dog

It may seem obvious to some but perhaps not to others. You need to get active before adopting a dog. Though you may not be much of an outdoors person, even small dogs need to go on daily walks. Walks provide an opportunity to burn off energy, maintain your pet’s physical health, and stimulate their minds.

If you’re set on a larger breed, be prepared to go on lengthy walks at least twice a day.

Not only will getting active benefit your dog’s health, but it’ll improve yours, too. 

In house pet sitting

If you are adopting a dog you will need a dogsitters when you go away. Rescued dogs especially need and like company.  So you need a live in dogsitter or housesitter to do some pet minding.

What is a live in dogsitter? And what is a dog sit?

Whether you end up choosing a professional pet sitter or a live in dogsitter you need to understand your options. Check out this article on ‘what is a live in dogsitter‘ for reference.

Well it is a professional service you wanted, and these people are taking care of your beloved pet. They will manage feeding routines, walking and exercise routines and they’ll be living in your home taking care of whatever happens in the house.

What is a dog sit?

A dog sit is a arrangement where a petsitter will come into your home to care for your dog.

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Find dog sitters to care for your dogs at home

Dog sitters tips for a dog minder in your own home

If you are inviting a dog minder into your own home, after searching for dog sitters near me, make sure you help them understand your pets. Ask them to come early, perhaps a day or two to help them get to know your dogs and vice versa. This will pay dividends later. And most importantly make sure you give them as many dog sitters tips as possible about your dogs.

Try to help them understand their routines and habits. And try to explain their body language if you can, some dogs will have particular habits that are best explained.

Of course the more time they spend with your dogs the better. And if they are dog sitters who are located near you then there are real advantages to their being present and available when you go away, because the dogs will be familiar with them.


Further reading about dogs, dogsitting with Housesitmatch

At we always try to share useful and informative blogs and practical advice with our members on adopting a dog, keeping dogs, and how to care for them with dog sitters and house sitters. Read on to find some helpful articles with useful tips for dog owners and dogsitters about dogsitting.

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Dogowner’s tips – In ground or wireless dog fence?

Top dogsitting tips for beginners

Dog sit – What is it and where can you go?

Dogsitters’ tips – Dog’s body language and how to read it

What is House Sitting?

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