Want to get a dog? Keep in mind that canine ownership isn’t all belly rubs, bedtime cuddles, and long walks in the park. Maintaining a pooch’s health and happiness can be hard work—but if you’re an informed pet parent, raising a four-legged friend is far less stressful than if you dove into the adoption process headfirst.

Social networking website Care2 recently published the below infographic, which was created by Barkily, an app for dog lovers. It provides first-time canine companions with facts, figures, and advice to prepare them for the arrival of their newest addition to the family.

[h/t Care2]