For many relationships, getting a pet can be a big step. It may even be the first shared responsibility a couple has. While picking out a new dog with your significant other can be a fun and rewarding experience, it is a good idea to make sure your relationship is up for the change. When considering adding a pup to the mix, you should consider a few things.
Do you have time?
New dogs are a big time commitment. They require attention and love, and the younger they are the more attention they will need. If you already struggle to find time to spend with your significant other throughout the week, it may not be the best time to add a dog to the mix. However, dogs are also a great way to find shared time together. Whether it’s a trip to the dog park or training time, dogs can add a reason for you to spend time together and strengthen your relationship.
Are you in it for the long haul?
Getting a dog is like having your first kid in some ways. When you adopt or purchase a pup, you are committing to the years ahead. For an established relationship, the commitment is likely not an issue. However, if the relationship is fresh it might be a good idea to wait a little longer to see where things go. Just like kids, dogs can have trouble adjusting to new situations, so it is always a good idea to wait until you are settled in before you commit to a pet.
Do you both love dogs?
We know, it is hard to believe that someone could not love dogs, but it happens. If your significant other is hesitant around dogs or would prefer a cat, it might be worth discussing a little further before deciding. Getting a dog when the other person may not be ready could complicate the process. A joint decision is always best in this situation.
Have you planned for this?
Planning is probably one of the most important things to consider when looking at adding another member to your family- dogs included. Is there space in your house? Are you willing to walk him often? Can he be on the furniture? Who is in charge of feeding him? There are many questions to consider before you bring a pup home. Once you have worked out the details with your partner, bringing home your new addition will feel easier!
Are you ready for more love?
With the right planning and mutual agreement, a new dog is sure to bring more love and fun into your home and relationship. Get ready for more cuddles and puppy kisses! Studies have shown that pet-owning couples are closer than their pet-less counterparts. This may be because dogs are playful and can help add some playful fun into your relationship. Additionally, through the shared responsibility, couples can work on their communication, teamwork and ability to compromise.