Helping YOU to be your dog's best friend!

Getting a Dog?

Before you go looking to get a dog, take a good long look at yourself. This is a life-long commitment. Dogs do not volunteer to be adopted, bought or rescued. They are more like draftees. Getting a dog is our decision and we owe it to them to them to do what’s right and be responsible

Every year millions of dogs are brought to shelters and left to die. This is because people do not think about how much time, money and energy that goes into having a dog. We have been working with dogs and people for many years see numerous individuals who did not think about all of the responsibilities that having a dog entails. MILLIONS of dogs each YEAR are put to DEATH because humans did not use good judgment, gave up on the dog, or did not carry out their responsibilities.

There are many people that get caught up in the image of playing fetch with a dog, or wanting a dog for the children to learn responsibility and grow up having a dog. If your kids want a dog but you don’t; then it’s not the right time. As the adult, you need to be ready. You want to be a good role model. If any of these are reasons why you are considering a dog, think twice, three times, and then think again.

60% of dogs are killed each
year in the United States alone!

That’s equivalent to one million / year!

Below are some facts, questions and suggestions, that you may want to consider BEFORE you go on to find a dog. After reading them, if you still would like to bring a dog into your life, then please feel free to contact COURTEOUS CANINES! We offer a service called “Dog selection/dog consulting” to help people find a dog that goes with their lifestyle.

  • The average cost of having a dog per year in the state of NJ is $1,000. This does NOT include training, and unexpected vet visits, toys, accessories, etc.
  • If you get a puppy & want to housebreak him; it takes an average of 3 months. Puppies need to be taken outside at least every hour to prevent accidents. Does your schedule allow this?
  • Training is the key to communicating with your dog. Training requires time and money, too.
  • 20% of dog bites happen to young children each year. Half of them are from the family dog.

Wait to get a dog until children are at least 8 years old.

"You must remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed"- Antoine de Saint Exupery


  • Are your children too young for a dog? Do you have a lot of time to spend with a puppy or dog considering children’s’ needs and schedules? Can you realistically monitor a youngster(s) and a new dog? Will the dog be put on the back burner? This is a BIG problem with dog owners. Please think twice about getting a dog while your children are very young. We see too many sad situations where dogs are not getting the required attention, are not being supervised 24/7 with youngsters, are biting young children & are brought to a shelter to die.
  • Many family dogs develop behavior problems due to boredom, teasing, roughhousing, etc
  • Are you ready to give a dog plenty of daily exercise & companionship? Can you provide consistent exercise?
  • Dogs thrive on routine. Without it, they become stressed.
  • Will I be able to provide healthy meals and exercise on a regular basis?
  • People choose dogs based on looks not on breed characteristics. Have you researched and do you understand what this particular pure breed is bred to do?”

ie: German Shepherds are quite pretty dogs, BUT they are bred to guard. So when you are making a decision to get a dog such as this, take this breed characteristic into consideration. With guarding dog you will have to contend with a dog that then guards your home, your property, your car, you, your children, etc. This may sound nice, but with guarding also comes barking and even biting.


We see many mismatched dogs and guardians. Ask qualified dog people for answers, read, and observe. One of the best suggestions we can make is to go and find 3+ people who have the type of dog you’re interested in & ask to spend a day with that dog. Puppies are a challenge and canine adolescence can be a struggle. We strongly encourage you to adopt a dog if you do decide to bring one home. Dogs are living, breathing, emotion filled beings. Please do not treat them as a possession or a robot, but rather with tons of love, patients and plenty of time. They are beautiful, devoted, smart animals that have so much to offer if only given a true chance. Dogs require a lifetime of time, money, patients and understanding.