Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Webster, NY
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I would say the first lifestyle adjustments you have to make are in your home. All of a sudden there are crates, expens, baby gates, water and food bowls, and toys everywhere. You have to be ok with cleaning up urine, poop, throw up and paw prints from your floors, rugs, and dog areas. There is always extra laundry to do, especially on bath days or if they are sick.
The next adjustment you have to make is your time and freedom to do things. You may get your sleep interrupted, especially with puppies. You have to allow time each day for feeding, exercise, potty breaks and grooming. Whenever I leave the home I am mindful of the time so I know when I need to return for the dog. You sometimes can't do things spur of the moment that you might want to. Day trips, overnight trips and extended vacations require advance planning for the care of your dog. I have been lucky that my adult daughter has come to my home to watch my dog for vacations. I have also had to ask other family members and neighbors to help at times. Two months ago I took a cruise and was gone for nine days. I thought my daughter could not watch Molly so I found a boarding facility I liked. I took her there for a trial run for a weekend. Even though they said she did ok she became ill shortly after bringing her home. We ended up at the vets and I fully believe that the stress of the kennel made her ill. I ended up having someone in my home to watch her while I was cruising and she did fine.
Also keep in mind that you may have to adjust your finances to allow for food, grooming and medical expenses for your dog.
Diane and Molly