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What are you doing for the next 10 or 15 years?

This may seem like a silly question, but it's the first thing you should ask yourself when you're considering bringing a puppy home.

Are you prepared?

If you're not sure that you have enough free time to dedicate to a dog — including two walks a day, playtime and cleanups — you might consider caring for a vacationing friend's pet. Or try fostering a dog from your local humane society for a week or two to get a better feel for what dog ownership will entail.

Still not sure?

Maybe you need to mull it over more. Remember, it's easier to wait until your life can naturally accommodate a canine housemate than it is to try to make radical readjustments after adopting a dog. Check out our dog preparedness checklist on the next page to learn more.

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