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What Is The Worst Thing About Owning A Dog?

Dogs bring tons of joy, love, and companionship into our lives. But they can also bring other “stuff”. There is always bad with the good.

So…Dr. Debra tossed out a poll a few weeks ago and asked dog lovers – What is the worst thing about owning a dog? The goal is NOT to deter anyone from getting a dog but to be educated about the pros and cons to make sure a dog is the right fit for them.

Over 3300 dog lovers responded and the results were as follows:

What is the worst thing about owning a dog? %
Difficulty traveling/board or get pet sitter 21
Other answer 13
Pet hair 13
Cost of medical care 12
Inappropiate urination 9
Barking or whining 7
Destroying things 6
Pet odors 4
Aggression 4
Walking dog 3
Wanting to go outside 3
Jumping up 3
Waking you up 2
Other behavioral problems 2
Cost of pet food 2

There was a large number that said other. There was an obvious choice that we left out – you’ll soon see what it was.

These were the responses:

Other “worst things about owning a dog” that was not on the list