Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

17 Things To Think About BEFORE You Bring Home A Dog.

Before you get a child a dog, there are a variety of basic things you have to teach them: Feed the dog, walk the dog, play with the dog, etc. It seems pretty straightforward, but those are just the basics. When it comes to adopting a dog as a grown-up, there are a lot more subtle things you should know before you take the puppy-plunge.

Below, we've put together a list of lesser-known facts about getting a dog, and you're definitely going to want to keep them in mind. From how many times they poop a day (a lot), to how many family arguments they cause (a lot), to how you can soothe them via answering machine throughout the day (not as crazy as it sounds)-- these are the facts dog owners everywhere really want you to know. Check them out before you bring Fido home. #12 could make or break the relationship.

#1. Owning a dog can get expensive. Here are the figures from the ASPCA: The annual cost of care for a small dog is $420, a medium dog $620 and a large dog $780.

#2. During it's lifetime, the average dog causes 2,000 family arguments.

#3. It is normal for a dog to poop anywhere between 1 and 5 times a day -- if only they could clean it up themselves.

It is normal for a dog to poop anywhere between 1 and 5 times a day -- if only they could clean it up themselves.

#4. Training a puppy takes times -- we're talking months of rule reinforcement and routine before they finally get it.

#5. The first thing you should get your dog is a collar. Do your research to find out what style of collar is best for the type of pooch you have. In other words, you don't want to get your 60-pound pit bull a dainty collar, no matter how cute they look.

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