By InStyle Staff
Oct 30, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

Puppies: They're cuddly, cute, and playful. They're also a lot of responsibility, and often, in ways you never anticipated. (Forget those long leisurely brunches—not when there's a dog that needs to be walked, lest he relieve himself all over your carpet!)

In this week's #AskKat, our advice columnist Katherine Schwarzenegger shares with InStyle reader Melissa the lessons she learned from adopting her dog Maverick. "What you really need to know is that once you get a dog, your life will never be the same, in a good way and also in a more challenging, need-to-plan-it-out way," she says.

So what, exactly, should you expect? Watch the video above to find out!

Have your own question for Kat? Ask it now on InStyle’s Facebook page, or on Twitter by tagging @KSchwarzenegger and @InStyle using the hashtag #AskKat!