Are You Ready for a Puppy?
Owning a puppy is a wonderful thing, but it is also a major responsibility. You should ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are ready for a puppy or not.
Why do you want a puppy?
The answer to this question can help you decide if you are really ready to own a puppy and in particular, what type of puppy to look for.
Don't get a toy breed if you are wanting a dog to jog with you in the morning. Your "companion" should like to do the same things as you.
If you are looking for a companion as a playmate for your child, he should be calm and not prone to being aggressive.
One of the worst things you can do is to choose a puppy just because he is "cute." Owning a puppy is a lifetime commitment.
Do you have room for a puppy?
Make sure you have enough room where you live to properly "house" your new pet. Even large dogs can live comfortably in apartments if they receive enough exercise and stimulation. However, small dogs are usually best suited for smaller places.
Do you have enough time for a puppy?
Puppies need to be fed and taken outside several times daily. Someone will either need to be home with your new pet, or you will have to make arrangements for a "pet sitter" to come and let your pet outside and give him food and water. And then there's the daily walk too! Good socialization also requires time and attention. It is important that you set aside at least two 20 to 30 minute play times each day.
Can you afford a puppy?
Just a few of the costs to own a puppy include food, veterinary visits, vaccinations, a crate, toys, leashes, collars, feeding dishes, and many other supplies.
Are you ready to own a puppy?
A puppy should become a member of your family. They made need to get up in the middle of the night. They may "cry" for their littermates. You will have to feed, water, and exercise them on a daily basis. Make sure owning a puppy fits your life style.
Is your home ready for a new puppy?
Puppies are explorers and they will want to check out every room in your home. They also love to put everything in their mouth, especially when teething.
House plants can be poisonous for your new puppy and may need to be put up.
Puppies may chew on electrical cords - are there any within his reach?
Household cleaners, laundry soaps, antifreeze, disinfectants, insecticides, cleaning fluid, mothballs and more are all poisonous to your new pet.
If you have decided that owning a puppy is the right thing to do for your family - congratulations! You will have a wonderful experience.