Are we really ready for a puppy?

19.01.16

It seems like such a stupid question, it’s not like you’re having a baby it’s just a dog. Well surprisingly it is really important to ask yourself this question and a lot of other questions too. A puppy is a 10-15 year commitment (give or take) just let that sink in ten to fifteen year commitment. There is a lot to take in to consideration before jumping into a huge commitment like this. If you are still living with parents what happens when you move out? If you are at college what happens if you have to move for a new job? Are you prepared to be heavily restricted in future renting prospects because of your commitment to keeping this dog? Are you ready to care for another living creature who depends on you for its every need and want.

 

It sounds a little daunting now doesn’t it? Getting a puppy is such a magical thing and I love going through the process of picking a rescue or breeder and searching for the perfect pup and counting down the days until I can bring him/her home. It is magical, exciting and just filled with love.  AAAAAAAND then you get the puppy home and he is pooping on the rug, crying all night and biting your face. This isn’t what you expected puppy life to be like, the puppy wasn’t behaving like this when you went to pick him/her out!

 

Puppies are hard work they take constant attention and have a way for finding mischief because they just don’t know any better. You have to teach your puppy not to bite, where to go to the toilet and how to be a well behaved little bundle of joy. None of this comes built in and if you don’t teach your puppy the basics you will have a troublesome dog on your hands in the years to come.

 

10 things you should ask yourself before getting a puppy:

  1. Look at your finances can you afford to keep a puppy and pay for any unexpected vet bills if puppy gets sick, can you afford to feed your puppy good food every week?

  2. Do you have time to exercise a dog and give them the attention they need?

  3. Do you know what breed you want? If so call some breeders/rescues and talk about what you’re looking for and continue to research the breed make sure it’s right for your training ability and exercise levels.

  4. If you don’t know what breed you want research like crazy find out all you can and make the best choice that will suit your lifestyle don’t get the wrong dog for you or you are doomed from the start.

  5. Make sure you know how you will be training the dog. Talk to trainers and look into puppy pre-school classes these really help to set up your basics and offer a wealth of knowledge of important puppy information in regards to health care and nutrition.

  6. Make sure the whole house hold is on board

  7. Don’t feel pressured into getting a dog never rush into a choice its always best to make sure you are ready and prepared. Dont feel presured to get the wrong dog for you as well, take your time and know what you want from your future puppy.

  8. Research what you plan to feed your dog what toys you will get them and how they will sleep, if you will crate train them or not?

  9. Find some good training resources, from local trainers, online trainers or even books try to get a wide variety of resources that you can take inspiration and assistance from. Don't just take one source as concrete fact there are lots of different ways to train a puppy and all of these ways wont work for all puppies. 

  10. Make sure you understand and trust where your puppy is coming from are they a back yard breeder, is this rescue sketchy or is this puppy from a puppy mill. Make sure you look for the warning signs.
     

If you aren’t scared off by now you might just be ready for that puppy after all.

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