Before you get a child a dog, there are a variety of basic things you have to teach them: Feed the dog, walk the dog, play with the dog, etc. It seems pretty straightforward, but those are just the basics. When it comes to adopting a dog as a grown-up, there are a lot more subtle things you should know before you take the puppy-plunge. Below, we’ve put together a list of lesser-known facts about getting a dog, and you’re definitely going to want to keep them in mind. From how many times they poop a day (a lot), to how many family arguments they cause (a lot), to how you can soothe them via answering machine throughout the day (not as crazy as it sounds)– these are the facts dog owners everywhere *really* want you to know. Check them out before you bring Fido home. #12 could make or break the relationship.