I added (late) because let’s face it: no 20-year-old should own a puppy unless her parents bought it for her when she was 10. However, once you pass the 25 mark, things change. Chances are you live on your own, you can afford your own groceries and your job (hopefully) has a bit more flexibility. Time for a puppy, right? While everyone around you is likely saying, “But puppies are expensive, or Do you really think you can take care of a puppy? after reading this you’ll be prepped with a well-rounded argument as to why you should get a puppy in your (late) twenties. I’m also going to throw out this disclaimer before you read any further: don’t be an irresponsible a***hole, and make sure you have the time, money and space before you actually get a dog. If you have those items, read on.
1. You’ll have loads of puppy sitters
How many friends do you have that want a dog, but can’t fit one into their busy lifestyle, or small condo? I’m guessing at least two. If the only thing holding you back is wondering who will look after your dog when you go on vacation, you’ll be surprised to know a lot of your friends or family would probably love to puppysit. It’s helpful to ask around before you get a dog and see if anyone would be interested in helping out before you commit to a pup.
2. It’s great baby prep
I hate to throw out this cliché©d disclaimer, but it’s true. Having a pup ties you down in a similar way that having a baby would, without the incredible responsibilities that come along with the lifelong commitment of children. If you’re on the fence about having kids, it’s a great way to help determine if (and when) you want them.
3. You have energy
Puppies are a lot of work, especially in the first few years. It’s better to get a puppy when you’re still able to enjoy their annoying but ridiculously cute and hilarious puppy years, and you too still have enough energy to keep up with them.
4. They make you healthier
Having a puppy forces you to stay in more, and also forces you to get up and go for a walk (or run). If you think about the hours spent sitting at a desk all week, it’s a really good incentive to get up and use your legs, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block.
5. No time is ever a good time
When you think long and hard about it, there’s never really a good time to get a dog. There will always be something to consider in the future like new jobs, more traveling or being a renter rather than a home owner, but the truth of it is this: if you really want a dog, you’ll make it work. I may be a minority on this one, but I suggest doing it in your (late) twenties when you have the time and energy to enjoy your pup.
If you’re not prepared to hang out outside in -20 degree weather, brush your dog’s teeth (yes, you have to do that) or pick up s**t, then don’t get a dog. Just puppy sit for your friend when you need your dog fix.