Adding a puppy to your family is a huge responsibility but can also be just as rewarding and fun. A puppy requires a lot of care, including training, vet appointments, and exercise. You’ll also need to stock up on puppy essentials such as food, toys, collars, leashes, and flea and tick treatments. Adopting a puppy can be an extremely exciting event but it’s important to consider a few things before making any decisions.
Decide upon a breed
When deciding upon a breed, it’s important to consider your lifestyle. For example, if you work a lot or are consistently on the run, you probably shouldn’t consider a high-energy dog that needs constant exercise. If you’re living in a smaller living space, such as a condo, or are renting, there are often weight regulations and a smaller dog might be more suitable for your lifestyle. If you have children, you will want a dog that has a reputation for being good with kids. Do your research and figure out which breed(s) would be right for you.
Find a reputable breeder
If you decide to find a breeder rather than check out the local shelter, it’s important to find a breeder with a great reputation for raising great pups, who doesn’t overbreed. Hand-raised pups are usually healthier and more people-oriented as they typically are exposed to many different situations with the correct breeder. Check out reviews online and don’t be afraid to ask questions… always ask to meet the parents!
Enroll in training classes
Once you’ve made your decision on finding your new puppy, one of the first things you should do is enroll in some local training classes, particularly if this is your first puppy. Puppies can be a handful and it takes some knowledge that doesn’t always come naturally to train your new puppy to be housetrained, to sit, stay, and other general behavioral commands. Puppy training is best left to the professional to show you exactly what to do in a variety of situations.
Find a local, reputable vet
Another must is to find a local, reputable veterinarian. You’ll need to get your new puppy the right vaccines and booster shots almost immediately and within a few months; you’ll most likely want to have your dog fixed. Again, check online and ask around for a local vet recommendation.
Stock up on puppy essentials
Puppy essentials include food, bowls, a collar, leash, toys, as well as flea and tick treatments depending on the season. Make sure to stock up on everything you need before your new puppy comes home to ensure he/she is comfortable and you have everything you need.
Heather B has always loved helping pets find their forever home, she loves to give advice to new puppy parents.