Parenthood for millennials seems to be a delayed milestone nowadays. Having a child is a big commitment that many millennials keep putting off. However, if you think this generation is not ready to commit to anything, you’re probably wrong; there is one kind of parenthood that the Gen Y is no longer scared of. The new millennial parent is now a… dog owner!
Although owning a dog is a big responsibility, millennials are willing to take that on. In fact, 3/4 of North-Americans in their 30s own a dog. So, if you are thinking about getting a furry friend, you might want to continue reading this article.
What should you take into consideration before you become a dog owner?
- Commit long term: A dog will bring lots of happiness to your life, but you should be aware that you need to be there when they require your support. Having a dog is a lot like having a baby. They need to be fed, loved, and they throw up from time to time. Remember that your dog only has you by their side, so you must be there when they needs you the most!
- Make time for your dog: Your life will change once you get a dog. Every time you come back home, there is always going to be a furry friend waiting for you by the door wagging their tail. How precious is that? Return the favor to your dog and make time for him/her. Go out for long walks, train them, take them with you whenever possible, and, of course, cuddle them.
- Educate yourself: Becoming a dog owner, especially at the beginning, is an educational process that you will have to go through. If you want your dog to be healthy, active and well-trained, you should first learn what’s best for your dog. You may find it helpful to ask your veterinarian, go to pet stores or take advice from the online experts.
- Train your dog: You need to teach your puppy how to behave indoors and outdoors. Start with home training and create a routine. For example, feed them at the same time every day, train them to walk beside you on the leash and teach them to be respectful with strangers.
- Budget: When you first get a puppy, there are many expenses that come with it. Write up a budget for your dog’s first year. Don’t forget to add costs for vet visits, vaccinations, dog food, a microchip, beds and leashes, and – the most important item – toys!
Some dog owners describe their experiences as almost becoming real parents. As a matter of fact, 44% of millennials see their pets as starter children. So, what are your thoughts? Are you ready to become the new millennial parent?