2. Are you willing to make time? Dogs need exercise and attention. Consider your schedule and current commitments to help decide if you can meet a dog's basic needs. Research different breeds. Our English Lab, Jack, requires much more exercise than our little pug, Oliver, does, but in a pinch we could leave Jack home alone all day and he would be fine, and our home would be, too. Ollie? Not so much. 3. Do you have the space? Will you need to make room for a kennel? Where will the dog sleep? Will you allow your dog on the furniture? Many dogs like to be right by their people, which means they can be constantly underfoot. We taught our dogs to stay out of the work zone in the kitchen and to keep off the furniture unless invited, but this required training, which brings me to the next point.