Advice needed -
I’m going to be living on my own soon. And as excited as I am, I tend to get bad anxiety. I’ve never been an animal person, but I’m thinking about getting a dog to live with me (looking into small or medium dogs atm; no/low shed and not too energetic). Do your pets help you at all with anxiety? Or are they more hassle than help? Also any general pet advice would be helpful!
Let me know if you're team "Yes dog" or team "No dog". Would also appreciate your why or why not.
I love that this was the first question that came up when I logged onto AthletaWell today because I LOVE my pup, Honey. She was a pandemic pup that I was (somewhat) gifted from my mother in May 2020, and it couldn't have come at a better time because I, like most of us, had a hard time during the beginning of the pandemic between moving, losing my job, etc. She has become the light of my days between keeping me active, creating a community of dog lovers in my life, and, of course, the cuddles. All that said, it's a ton of work, especially at the beginning with training and learning your dog's needs and how you can best manage them, but it gets easier. Now I know how often she needs to go out, how much exercise she needs everyday, and can schedule it into my day.
While I am team "yes dog" a million times over, I will say they are a ton of work! It's definitely important to consider that you're whole life and schedule will change -- from making sure they're walked enough times each day, to getting through the puppy years, and scheduling people to watch them or a place you trust to take care of them when you're out of town. That all being said, getting our pup Rye was the best decision I've made in the last year and a half. When I've felt anxious or down, having his constant love and cuddly presence was so grounding and comforting and every challenging part of having a dog has been outweighed by that. 🙂