These Are the Worst Things About Having a Dog

When we think about having a dog, we think of happy faces meeting us at the door, excited we’re home. In reality, there’s a lot not to like about living with a furry canine. Even the smartest dogs are guilty.

Continue reading to find out the worst things about owning a dog.

The cost

Happy vet holding french bulldog puppy

Vet bills are expensive. | Hedgehog94/iStock/Getty Images

Owning a dog is expensive. The ASPCA says the first year cost of owning a dog ranges from $1,300–$1,800, depending on the dog’s size. And that doesn’t include the cost of buying a dog from a breeder. Dog owners must continue paying for food, vet check-ups, and incidentals like lint rollers.

Next: Why you’ll be vacuuming a lot.

Hair everywhere

Dog Grooming Brush and Hair

Stock up on lint rollers. | Deepspacedave/Getty images

When you own a dog, their hair ends up everywhere — and I mean everywhere. Dog hairs will end up in every nook and cranny of your house and car. You’ll spend lots of your time brushing hairs off your black clothes and vacuuming your house.

Next: Your food will never be safe. 

Guarding food

shepherd dog stealing from table

Your dog will eat whatever you leave out. | Pyotr021/iStock/Getty Images

Never leave food unattended in your house if you own a dog. Your dog will find any food you have and eat it all. You don’t want to end up running after your dog while he has your Thanksgiving turkey in his mouth. Trust me, I speak from experience.

Next: Vacations will be more expensive and harder to plan.

Not being able to pick up and go

Golden Retriever dog looking out of car window

Most dogs are not down for random roadtrips. | iStock/Getty Images

Spontaneity goes out the window when you have a dog. Dog owners can only be spontaneous for a few hours then return home to give their dog a bathroom break. Going on vacation is even harder because dogs must have a sitter or be boarded.

Next: You’ll spend much of your time picking up after your dog.

Cleaning up after a dog as opposed to a cat

German Shepherd dog on the beach

It’s not easy or enjoyable. | Ava-Leigh/Getty Images

Cats are a breeze to pick up after compared to dogs. Cleaning a litter box is much easier and faster than cleaning up your entire yard. No dog owner enjoys picking up their dog’s poop — or worse, stepping in a pile of poop they missed.

Next: Why a yard will spare you from this annoying part of owning a dog.

Standing outside while your dog goes to the bathroom

they are the best friends

It’s so much easier if you have a backyard. | BilevichOlga/iStock/Getty Images

If you don’t have a backyard then you’re familiar with bundling up in winter clothes to take your dog outside to go to the bathroom. No matter the weather, your dog has to pee. They don’t care about sub-zero temperatures or high winds. Remember this when you’re considering a dog if you live in an apartment or condo.

Next: You will feel bad leaving your dog alone.

Guilt of leaving your dog home alone

Dog Basset hound

You’re probably worried he’ll be lonely. | Coja1108/iStock/Getty Images

Saying goodbye to the cutest furry face every morning before work is difficult. According to a survey of 2,000 dog owners, 80% of respondents reported feeling guilty leaving their dog alone for an extended period of time. But at least dog owners can take comfort in the fact that they’re not the only ones feeling that twinge of guilt.

Next: How dogs make your rent go up.

Finding pet friendly housing

Woman and her dog at her home office hugging

Not every apartment is dog friendly. | Anchiy/Getty Images

Finding an apartment that checks all the boxes is hard. And the process is even harder when a dog is involved. Few apartments and condos accept dogs in any given city.  In addition to having limited options, sometimes dog owners have to pay an extra fee on top of their monthly rent.

Next: Why houseplants could make your dog ill.

Having to get rid of plants

Man with dog in a garden

Even outside, they might take a nibble. | Hdmddphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Hide or say goodbye to your plants because certain plants are poisonous to dogs. If you can’t part with plants entirely, be very mindful of which plants you have in your home. And don’t be surprised if you find your dog snacking on them. Dogs eating strange things is fairly common, according to The Humane Society.

Next: You will have to worry about other people around your dog. 

Making sure other people behave around your dog

Woman and French bulldog outdoors

You can’t control your dog’s behavior, let alone anyone else’s. | DuxX/iStock/Getty Images

One thing people don’t tell you about owning a dog is how other people with act around your dog. They may ask to give your dog a treat and use different training methods than you do, which could confuse your dog. Or, people may give your dog table scraps when you don’t allow them to have “human food” at home.

Next: People will ask you questions about your dog that make you uncomfortable. 

Dealing with misconceptions about dog breeds

Happy pit bull

You’ll have to explain to everyone else that your pit bull is gentle. | Sanjagrujic/iStock/Getty Images

Be prepared to field awkward questions from passersby when you’re out in public with your dog. Strangers may ask about your dog’s health, temperament, or behavior. And any misconceptions about your dog’s breed will probably be the topic of conversation. People will want to confirm or dispel preconceived notions or misconceptions they have about dogs.

Next: Your dog will ruin your stuff.

They will eat your stuff

Labrador retriever with bone is waiting at home.

One of these days, that bone will be a shoe. | Chalabala/iStock/Getty Images

Dogs are cute, but their teeth are sharp, and they’ll chew on anything they can get their paws on. Often, dogs will ignore their toys and chew on kids’ toys, furniture, or your pant leg. You’ll have to learn to hide your prized possessions from the destructive teeth of your dog.

Next: There’s no sleeping in when you have a dog. 

Keeping to a schedule

Young woman with Beagle dog in the park

He’s ready for that early morning walk, even if you aren’t. | SbytovaMN/iStock/Getty Images

When you have a dog, your schedule is their schedule. You have to drag yourself out of bed in the middle of the night to give your dog a bathroom break. And when your dog’s ready to play at 6 a.m., you have to be ready to play, too. Your schedules may not always match, but you’ll pick up on your dog’s behaviors and know what to expect.

Next: Your dog needs attention, too.

Dogs are needy

Lady sitting on sofa drinking coffee and a lovely dog (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Blenheim) sleeping on her lap

Say goodbye to personal space. | Banepx/iStock/Getty Images

Your dog will require lots of attention. He may follow you everywhere you go in your house, not letting you take a shower without being in the bathroom with you. Your dog may even bark when you hold a baby or hug another person. The amount of attention your dog needs will depend on your dog’s personality.

Next: Forget about having a clean house.

Your house will never be completely clean

dog ready for a walk with owner begging,

Good luck teaching him to wipe his paws. | Damedeeso/iStock/Getty Images

Between the hair and muddy paws, your house will never be completely clean. There will always be dog toys strewn across your house. And your floors won’t stay clean long with a dog tracking dirt and grass inside your house. Your dog’s smell might even permanently mark your house.

Next: Your dog will take over your bed. 

No personal space in bed

Funny girl and the dog

That face is worth it, though. | Kozorog/iStock/Getty Images

When you have a dog, your bed won’t be your own. Your dog will take over your bed, and you’ll be left with barely any room. Plus, teaching your dog to sleep in their own bed will likely fail you because your dog will still find his way into your bed. They’re lucky they’re cute, right?

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