Dog, Pros and Cons of Owning a Dog  

Is it a pre-requisite for dog owners to invest in a Trainer? One of the reasons why people are apprehensive to own a dog is because of the added expense of hiring a professional dog trainer. Truth be told, you can compare dogs to kids. They are alike in so many ways particularly on the way they behave. However, humans are easier to train and discipline because kids speak our language even if they can’t articulate it yet. Dogs, on the other hand, can be challenging to teach because they are animals. Luckily, dog trainers are skilled in this area. You just have to invest in them. If you’re thinking about getting a dog as a pet, make sure you weigh the pros and cons so you won’t regret your decision. Keep in mind that for dogs to behave well, you have to train them and if you don’t have the time to train your dog, you’ll have to spend money on dog training.

Let’s check out the pros and cons of owning a dog.

PRO: Dogs Are Great Company

If you’re single or living alone, having a dog can make your days and nights less lonely because dogs are great companions. They are nice to have around. You can express yourself and talk to your dog without being interrupted and judged. Quite surprisingly, many dog owners say that they feel their dogs understand them better than most humans do.

Con: Dogs Need To Be Trained

As mentioned, owning a dog can be a pleasant experience or it can be a pain. If your dog is ill-mannered because you failed to train him, you are going to suffer the consequences. For example, if you don’t spend time potty training your dog, he could pee and poop anywhere in your home – including your white-washed suede couch. Dogs that didn’t undergo obedience training are also capable of destroying furniture and they can behave badly around guests. If you have no intention of training your dog then it’s going to be a nightmare. You may want to forego owning one.

PRO: Dogs Are Cuddly

One advantage of having big dogs is they are so cuddly you’ll love snuggling right next to them especially on days when you feel sad, depressed or lonely or on days when you need a hug.

Con: Dogs Are Expensive

Even though you were given a dog as a gift it doesn’t mean you’re not going to shell out money. Remember, dogs are like kids. You need to buy their groceries, chew toys, vaccinations, dog clothes, dog food and the list goes on. It’s going to dent your savings. Before you decide to get a dog, make sure you know how much money it’s going to cost you. If you can’t afford to buy your dog’s needs, you’re better off.

PRO: Dogs Offer Protection

When dogs acknowledge you as their master, they will be protective of you and for some reason, this gives dog owners a sense of security. Dogs are also territorial. You can take advantage of this natural instinct to protect your property and possessions.

Con: Travelling Is A Hassle

Traveling can be a real hassle for dog owners because sometimes you’re not allowed to bring your dog. Another problem is who will look after your dog when you’re away? If you plan to take your dog with you, you have to consider establishments that are strict in allowing pets to enter.


Before you get all excited and buy the kennel you saw at the mall, consider all the possible pros and cons so you won’t end up regretting your decision. If you are willing to take the full responsibility as a dog owner then by all means go ahead but if you’re having doubts if you can train and take care of your dog well, you should rethink it.

Nick White
Nick White is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training. He has over 80 dog training franchise locations throughout the United States. He currently hosts the A&E show, America's Top Dog.