Even the most dedicated dog lovers know that puppy parenthood is not for everyone. Some folks don’t have enough room at home, others don’t have room in their finances. Some folks would love to adopt a pup but aren’t sure if they have enough time to dedicate to a furry friend.
But there are some people who should never, ever adopt a dog. If you fall into one of these categories, best be wary before you adopt.
Here are 10 Top Reasons You Should Not Get A Dog:
1. YOU NEED YOUR PERSONAL SPACE
Sure, you may still get some time to yourself after adoption, but dogs of all types are pack animals, and they want to be with their pack! Dogs don’t want to miss any of the action happening in their family, and they’ll feel sad and left out if they’re not allowed to participate. Even large dogs don’t always realize they don’t quite fit on your lap!
2. YOU PREFER TO BE STRESSED
Petting and playing with a pup can reduce stress levels. Seriously—studies have shown that petting a dog can help reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels and drop blood pressure. Pet owners also “bounce back” more quickly from stressful situations. It’s probably a little-known benefit of bouncing that ball over, and over, and over.
3. YOU’D RATHER BE TOLERATED THAN ADORED
Hey, not everyone wants the confidence boost that comes when a creature loves you with every fur on their body and thinks that you’re the best human in the world. If you’re not big on affection or undying loyalty, then you may want to consider a cat.
4. YOU HATE THROWING THINGS
This alone does not disqualify you from dog ownership as there are a few breeds who don’t like fetch. But many breeds do—they really, really do. They’ll chase a stick, a ball, small appliances… whatever you can throw. So if you can’t muster up the energy to toss a ball in exchange for mind-blowing canine excitement, it could be you weren’t meant for dog ownership.
5. YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCE HAS NOT TAUGHT YOU HOW TO DEAL WITH POO
We don’t know of any dog owners who actually like this aspect of the job. But whether your puppy pal is large or small, there will be a lot of poo involved. Being responsible means a lot of scooping and a lot of bagging. Oh, and to those people who think it’s funny to bag dog poo and throw it up in a tree—you’re not ready.