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Are You Ready for a Dog?

There's one cliché about having a puppy that's 100 percent true: It turns your life upside down. Are you ready for the world's biggest roller coaster ride? Take this quiz to find out.

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    When you think about getting a puppy, how does that make you feel?
    • A.
      I don’t really think about it.
      (0 points)
    • B.
      Just the thought of it makes me feel very anxious.
      (1 points)
    • C.
      I have mixed feelings. Excited but scared at the same time.
      (2 points)
    • D.
      I have thought about it a lot and feel emotionally prepared for it.
      (3 points)
  • 2.
    How do you think your life might change once you get a puppy?
    • A.
      I'm hoping life will be pretty much the same
      (0 points)
    • B.
      I worry that everything will be different and I’ll lose my independence
      (1 points)
    • C.
      I'm hopeful that life will be better
      (2 points)
    • D.
      I reckon it will be joyful, but also scary at times
      (3 points)
  • 3.
    How much would you be able to spend on a dog?
    • A.
      My budget doesn't have room for a dog
      (0 points)
    • B.
      I could afford it, but I'd rather go on vacation
      (1 points)
    • C.
      I can't afford it now, but will in the near future
      (2 points)
    • D.
      Money isn't an issue, the benefits of having a dog are so worth it
      (3 points)
  • 4.
    If you were suddenly given a dog, would you know what to do?
    • A.
      No, I know nothing about dogs and I don't have the time to learn
      (0 points)
    • B.
      I don't have any experience with dogs
      (1 points)
    • C.
      I have some experience with dogs but no time to learn
      (2 points)
    • D.
      I have a lot of experience with dogs
      (3 points)
  • 5.
    What is your main reason for wanting a dog?
    • A.
      Not sure
      (0 points)
    • B.
      My family and friends expect me to, so I feel a pressure to do so
      (1 points)
    • C.
      It would be fun to take it on walks outside and would look good on my Instagram page
      (2 points)
    • D.
      I recognize all the many benefits of owning a dog and really want one.
      (3 points)
  • 6.
    If you woke up at 3 am to a huge mess in your kitchen from the dog, how would you react?
    • A.
      Send the dog away, it's not worth losing sleep and a messy house.
      (0 points)
    • B.
      Have serious doubts about why I got the dog.
      (1 points)
    • C.
      Roll over and stay asleep
      (2 points)
    • D.
      Tell the dog it's ok and clean it up without complaining, after all, he makes me so happy.
      (3 points)
  • 7.
    How much time could you devote to a dog?
    • A.
      I don't have time for a dog
      (0 points)
    • B.
      I have the time, but not sure I want to spend it with a dog
      (1 points)
    • C.
      I could spend a few hours every day with the dog. I wish I could do more, but life is pretty demanding right now.
      (2 points)
    • D.
      I'm home pretty much all of the time and could give the pup a lot of attention.
      (3 points)
  • 8.
    What type of house do you live in?
    • A.
      A tiny apartment with no access to outdoor space
      (0 points)
    • B.
      An apartment with access to outdoor space
      (1 points)
    • C.
      A small house with a yard
      (2 points)
    • D.
      A big house in the country
      (3 points)
  • 9.
    How do you feel about spending time outside?
    • A.
      I'm mostly an indoor person and don't appreciate the outdoors
      (0 points)
    • B.
      I'm not really an outdoors person, but a lot of my friends are.
      (1 points)
    • C.
      I like the outdoors but usually don't have time to enjoy it.
      (2 points)
    • D.
      I go camping every other weekend and spend as much of my free time outside as possible!
      (3 points)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    0 to 6 points:
    You may want to consider getting a goldfish
    I hate to break it to you, but getting a dog is probably not a great idea for you at this time. You have a busy life and your attention is already spread so thin that you don't really want to add another thing to your plate. You might be able to swing it financially, but you also wouldn't mind a vacation or new car. If you are honest with yourself, when it comes down to it, you aren't much of an animal person and aren't sure if you want to make the necessary sacrifices a dog needs. This could all change, though. Maybe the biggest reason you aren't ready for a dog is fear of the unknown. One thing you can do is spend some time with a friend's dog. You could even offer to dog sit and use it as a trial run. You may find that the benefits make the sacrifices and changes you'd need to make totally worth it.
  • 2.
    7 to 13 points:
    Consider getting a dog cautiously
    Sometimes the thought of having a dog appeals to you. You feel like maybe you should get a dog because that’s what people in your situation do, but if you are honest with yourself, sometimes the thought of sharing your home with an animal scares you. You could give it a great home, though.
  • 3.
    14 to 20 points:
    Make some changes, but then a dog might be in your future
    As a kid, all you ever wanted was a puppy. Because of your love of animals, nature, and the outdoors that desire for a canine friend has never left. The only problem is the time and money it takes to get one….plus your house isn’t all that big. However, those things can change. Your expecting a promotion, inheritance, or adding income to your household in some other way which will give you the freedom to work less. You really love dogs and really want one of your own, so you’ll make it work.
  • 4.
    21 to 27 points:
    You are Totally Ready for a Dog!
    Your excitement and practical understanding of what it takes to own a dog lines up with your excellent financial situation and the amount of time you could devote to a new family member meaning you are in the optimal position for getting a dog! Congratulations! You don’t mind losing some sleep and your house becoming a little messier because you understand the amazing benefits and joy that a dog will bring to your life. The next step for you is to start your research! Find out breed of dog you want (we like our Goldendoodles and Bernedoodles, but we might be biased) and then find an excellent breeder. You may need to join a waiting list to ensure your pick of a future litter. Click the button below to find out more about our upcoming litters.