If you are thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, then the idea of getting a puppy has probably crossed your mind. Whether you are planning on getting a dog so that your children can have a pet or want some company for yourself, there are many reasons to get a playful pup.
However, many pet owners rush into buying or adopting a puppy without giving much thought to the future. There’s lots to think about when you add a dog to your family; it’s a serious commitment that you need to be sure that you’ll be able to uphold. We’ve listed some of the main factors that you should take into consideration before you go and pick up your new furry bundle of joy.
#1. Why Do You Want a Puppy?
Before you make the commitment to get a dog, it’s important to ask yourself why you want one. Perhaps you’ve just lost a dog and want to fill the void they have left with an adorable new puppy. Or, maybe it’s the first time you’ve thought about having a dog. Whatever your reason, it’s important to remember that puppies will grow up and be part of your family for 10-15 years or even more. Bear in mind that the cute little puppy you’ve fell in love with will be there for the long haul.
#2. Do You Have the Time to Commit to Caring for a Puppy?
Before you take your cute little furry friend home, it’s vital to consider the amount of time that you have to commit. If you work long hours and nobody else is at home, for example, it will probably be unfair to have a dog since you won’t be able to provide them with the care and attention that they need. This is especially true when you have a puppy, since they can be very demanding pets and will need to be regularly fed, watered, walked and trained. Many puppies end up in rescue centers since people do not realize just how much of their time they need.
#3. Are You Allowed a Pet?
If you are currently living in rented accommodation, then it’s important to make sure that your landlord will permit you to keep a pet at the property. Even if pets are allowed, you may need to double check with your landlord that you can keep a dog, as in some situations, landlords who allow pets will only stretch to small, caged animals such as hamsters or a rabbit. You should also think about your future living arrangements – are you planning to move into another rented home in the future? If so, you’ll need to be ready to find somewhere that allows pets.
#4. Can You Afford a Puppy?
Keeping any animal will cost you money. It’s not just the cost of food that will soon add up; you’ll also need to think about things such as insurance, puppy training classes, and vet bills. Don’t forget that puppies can also be quite boisterous, so there’s always the risk that they’ll cause some damage to your home or car. Are you able to afford to pay for any repairs that may be needed?
#5. How Much Do You Know About Dogs?
If you have never owned a dog before, then you may want to consider learning a little more about looking after one before you bring a puppy home. For example, you might be wondering what are the best dog food brands to choose, how often your puppy will need walking and for how long, and how to toilet train your new pup. Thankfully, you can learn most of this information online, and your local vet will also be able to provide you with valuable advice and information.
#6. Is Your Home Suitable for a Puppy?
Before you bring a new puppy home, it’s crucial that you consider your home environment and ask whether your home is suitable for a puppy. For example, if you live in a small flat, this isn’t usually ideal for dogs, especially larger breeds, who’ll need plenty of room to move around and let off steam. When choosing a puppy, remember that cute little balls of fur often grow up to be larger dogs that need a lot of space at home. If you live in a small property, choosing a smaller dog breed is more ideal.
#7. What Happens When You’re Away?
Another important consideration to take before getting a puppy is what you plan to do with them when you are on vacation. Although there are many hotels, villas and other accommodation options available that accept pets with guests, it’s not always possible to take your dog along with you, for example, if you are taking a long-haul trip abroad. Before you get a puppy, you should make sure that you have plans in place to ensure that they are cared for when you are away.
#8. Would You Make a Responsible Dog Owner?
It’s important to ask yourself whether you are the sort of person who would make a responsible dog owner. Be honest with yourself – are you able to get your puppy spayed or neutered when needed? Will you keep your puppy on a leash in public areas and clear up their mess? Are you able to commit to walking your dog daily in all weather? Will your dog always have access to fresh food and water?
#9. Is a Puppy Right for You?
Before inviting a new puppy into your home, it’s important to consider whether this type of pet is right for you. Although puppies are cute, remember that they can wreak havoc with your home; young dogs tend to be very playful but this can include things such as chewing wires, home furniture, and even your shoes! In addition, most dog breeds will malt – are you prepared to clean dog hairs up from your home regularly?
Getting a puppy can be a wonderful experience and many pups grow up to be a companion for life. If you want the best for your new dog, then it’s important that you are prepared.