Am I Ready for a Dog?

If you've told yourself, "I need a dog," or "I want a puppy," and think you're ready to adopt, take a moment to fill out this quiz. It will reveal the ideal animal choice for you and your family.

Is your family ready?

1. Are you planning to have a baby within your dog's lifetime?
2. If you have children, how old are they?
3. Who'll be your dog's primary caretaker?
4. Does everyone in your family want a dog?
5. Is anyone in your family allergic to animals?

Is your home dog-friendly?

6. If you rent, do you have permission from your landlord to have an animal?
7. Do you have a fenced-in yard?
8. Can you tolerate some damage to your furniture and clothes until your dog is trained?

Can you put in the time?

9. What arrangements will you make for your dog during the day when you can't be there?
10. Are you willing to take off up to a week to be with your new dog or puppy when you first bring him home?
11. Do you have much control over your schedule?
12. Which phrase best describes this time in your life?

Can you commit?

13. Are you prepared to spend what it takes to own a dog? Go ahead--guess how much it costs per year:
14. Have you had a dog during your adult life?
15. Are you prepared to use a trainer or take your dog to training classes?