Getting a dog just for the sake of having one is the wrong way to go about dog ownership. Owning a living, breathing creature is a huge responsibility. Keep in mind that dogs can live for a very long time and not having the time to train a dog means you will be stuck with a badly behaved one for a long period in your life. Shih Tzus in particular can live for more than a decade and you clearly don’t want the stress of a misbehaving pooch for that length in your life. This is why it’s very important to ask yourself questions before getting a puppy.
- Are you ready for the responsibility of caring for another living creature?
It’s often said that you can try raising a dog to see if you’re ready for the responsibility of having a kid. While there are elements of truth about that, what about families with young children who want to introduce a pet to the home? You have to consider the time you have to spend with the kids as well as the time you have to spend training the dog.