Both the joy and responsibility that come with owning a dog are substantial. If you're thinking about buying a dog for the first time, read through these insights first. If you already own a dog, the chances are good that you’re well acquainted with the responsibilities involved in pet ownership. However, if you’re looking to buy a dog and you've never owned one before, it’s important to avoid impulsive decisions. Remember, the commitment is for the lifetime of the pet not just while they’re cute, little, and healthy. Even though you may want the first pup you see, be sure to select a pet that's suited to your home and lifestyle. It’s equally as important to understand the time and financial investment that will be required of you.