10 Things to Consider Before Buying a Puppy
Posted on: September 12 2013
Puppies. Little fluffy sweet puppies. We all know the song, ‘How much is that doggy in the window?’ and all too often their uber-cuteness has tempted many potential dog owners, but there are some very important things to consider before you take the plunge into the world of dog ownership!
1. Consider the impact on your home and work life
First things first, do you want a dog? Sounds simple, but they don’t stay little forever. You need to be sure that you can fit having a dog around your home and work life. Would the puppy be left alone all day? Do you work away from home? Is there someone who could take care of them if you had an emergency? Do you have time to walk them? Can you afford to look after them and provide them with everything they need?
2. Don’t forget that puppies grow up!
What once was an average sized pup will one day be a full grown Ridge Back and that’s going to have a significant impact on your home, life and freedom. You have to think about whether they’ll fit in your car and your house! Will you be able to keep a big dog under control?
3. Plan ahead
Plan ahead, and make the decision on what’s working now and what will work in a few years from now. If you’re planning on going abroad for a long period of time, or your job means you may have to travel more, take this into consideration. Are you planning on having children?
4. Choose a breed to suit your lifestyle
It would be inconceivable to take on a Springer Spaniel if you don’t enjoy long walks/runs and spend most of time in the office, or a Great Dane if you live in a studio flat on the 20th floor and don’t like big dogs!
5. Provide the right environment
While all puppies are gorgeous, adorable and fun, things can soon quickly turn sour if you are not providing the right environment for your pooch. Take a good look at yourself and make that decision. It’s a common saying that owners often look like their dogs, or is that vice-versa (!) and there’s a reason for that.
6. Dedicate time to training
Whilst we at City Paws love taking dogs for pack runs and group walks, we wouldn't suggest that we are the only source of exercise for your doggy. Bonding with your puppy is the most important thing you can do in these early stages; make sure you have the time to train your pup not only for the initial stages but also throughout their lives.
7. Consider the impact on other pets in the family
If you have other pets, in particular other dogs think about integration and ensure that your other pets will get along with the new addition to the family. Introducing a new puppy to a household where there is a highly strung or aggressive cat could just be the nail in the coffin, and the cat could possibly ship out.
8. Ask the breeder lots of questions
If you need any questions answering regarding a breed then don’t be shy to talk with the breeder directly to air your views or concerns.
9. Don’t buy from a puppy farm
Ensure that your puppy is coming from a good home and not a puppy farm. Once you’ve researched and picked a pup, ask as many questions as you can regarding the breed of dog and what they require in order to be happy and healthy. Any responsible breeder will also do some checks on you, so the decision could be made for you, but where that’s not the case take every precaution to make the most informed decision you can.
10. Learn from other people’s experiences
The internet is full of useful pages and blogs such as this one giving endless help and guidance for new dog owners. It’s always a good idea to read forums so you can learn from other people’s experiences.
The right pup with the right owner in the right environment can make for a happy home for all concerned. If you learn about your furry friend and what they need to be happy both now and in the future, their cuteness will last for a lifetime as you both grow together. Go ahead and take the plunge, just don’t jump into the pool with a blindfold on!
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