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13 Things To Consider Before Getting Your First Dog (Very Funny!)

You’re not quite mature enough to start producing offspring, but the life span of your houseplants has greatly increased over the past year. Are you ready for a dog?

1. Are your sleep habits flexible?

Are your sleep habits flexible?

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There’s nothing better than a clean fluffed pillow, a nice cup of tea, and curling up with a good book. Sounds great. And won’t be happening.

2. Do you have other pets in your household?

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Let’s be real. That cat was a poor decision on your part in the first place. But now we have to deal with the reality of the situation.

3. Does your landlord value their doors and walls?

Does your landlord value their doors and walls?

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On the bright side, your furry friend will literally move mountains to get to you. How many humans can you say that about?

4. Can you handle a financial burden?

Can you handle a financial burden?

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Turns out, dogs get really cranky if you don’t feed them, buy them overpriced rubber balls, and find a doctor to keep them alive. Needy little buggers, am I correct?

5. Are you willing to go outside from dusk til dawn? Rain or shine? Hurricane or tornado?

Are you willing to go outside from dusk til dawn? Rain or shine? Hurricane or tornado?

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A friendly tip: When they have to go, they’re gonna go. Up to you where you’d like that activity to take place.

6. Does your schedule allow for a dog?

Does your schedule allow for a dog?

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Cherish your daily visit to the gym after work? Love those office happy hours? Have to stay late to finish a spreadsheet? See potty training tip above.

7. Do you own a lot of black?

Do you own a lot of black?

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Nothing says “I’m a professional” like showing up to an early morning meeting looking like you just came from the Bronx zoo.

8. How high are your table tops? How quick are your reflexes?

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Weight watchers ain’t got nothing on a dog owner’s diet.

9. Is your breed of choice good with children?

Is your breed of choice good with children?

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Just because you don’t want a couple little rugrats running around right now doesn’t mean you won’t be singing a different tune in a decade. And it’s usually societally frowned upon if your dog eats your baby.

10. Consider the allergies of your close friends and family

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Remember that time your roommate had the flu and snot-infested tissues slowly invaded your entire apartment? Now imagine it’s flu season. All. Year. Long.

11. Is anything in your home a family heirloom?

Is anything in your home a family heirloom?

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Looks like your great-grandmother just gifted Sparky with a new chew toy from beyond.

12. How much do you value your privacy?

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It’s Saturday night. Light a few candles, pour some wine, snuggle up with your girlfriend/boyfriend, push the dog’s ass out of your face, wipe their slobber off your hand, throw their toy… wait, where were we?

13. Do you have too many friends?

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Bottom line: This four-legged canine is going to be the best friend you’ve ever had. Are you ready to make that kind of social commitment?

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