The urge to have a pet can hit anyone at any time. If this is something that you are currently going through, there are some things that you should think about and consider before making that commitment. Here are a few of those things for you to think about right now.

Do you already have a pet?

If you already have a pet, you probably are already aware of everything on this list. But that doesn’t mean that you are completely in the clear. You first have to decide whether or not this already existing member of your family will get along with a new dog. As much as you might want to have another pet in the house, your first pet should always come first.

Is it okay with having other animals around?

To move that previous topic a little further, what kind of pet do you already have with you in your home? If you aren’t sure if your current pet is okay with other animals, you should do some research on the type of pet or breed of dog that you have. Cats will most likely not care much about having a dog around as long as they do not get disturbed. Fish will never care, but a French bulldog temperament might be difficult to work with when you are trying to introduce a new animal into the house. Make sure that you do your research before getting another animal.

Do you have the time?

If you don’t already have a pet, you should think about how much time you have to actually train and take care of this new dog. You don’t want to leave a new puppy at home alone, but you can’t just stop everything else that is happening in your life to make sure that the puppy adjusts to life properly. You have to have the time and patience for a new pet, or you and the puppy aren’t going to get along very well.

But on the opposite side of that, you also have to make sure that you aren’t with the puppy too much. If you spend every second of the day with your new dog, it will not be able to be alone ever because it will have never experienced being alone before. You will come back to a distressed dog and a destroyed home if you don’t give your puppy bits of space while training.

Do you have kids?

You want to make sure that any dog breed you choose to bring into your home is okay with kids. If you don’t have kids, and you don’t plan on having any in the near or distant future, this is something that you can skip over. But if you have children, you want to make sure that this dog will be gentle with them and easy to get along with when you are trying to raise kids and train the dog at the same time.

Do you have the space?

You never want to bring a pet into your home if you do not have the space for it, especially when you are considering getting a dog. You want to make sure that you have all of the backyard play area space measured out if you are getting a big dog, and you want to make sure that you have room inside of your home for this pet as well. A lot of people will adopt a puppy and when it turns into a large dog, they realize they don’t have the proper space to give it the life that it deserves. Make sure you think of this before adopting a dog that will double, or triple, in size.

Do you have the money?

This might be the most important thing to consider before bringing a pet into your home. You will need money for toys, vet visits, pet beds, leashes, food, and much more. If you don’t have extra funds available for toys, food, and their monthly shots, then maybe you should hold off on getting a pet for just a bit longer. You want to make sure that if you are adopting a puppy, it is going to live and long and happy life. If you don’t have the money to give it that life, wait until you do. This will make everyone involved happy.