Everything you need to know before getting a puppy or dog
Puppies are without a doubt one of the most popular and adorable pets in the world. It is difficult to find a single puppy hater in this wide world because they are simply that difficult to resist. If you are planning to get your puppy it is important to keep a few things in mind. Having a new puppy could be like having a new baby in your house. It’s not be done out of instinct, you should thoroughly research, to begin with.
Are you prepared for a puppy?
It is important to understand that no matter how much you love puppies if you are not ready to take responsibilities that come along with it then it is best to avoid getting a puppy at this moment because that would be disastrous for both you and the puppy. It may seem like a fun and wholesome process of taking care of puppies but it is really not that fun. Raising a puppy requires a great deal of commitment and time especially if you are getting a new-born which is the most difficult task, an adult dog could be handled comparatively easily.
You will have to manage your schedule to do things for your puppy like potty training, house training crate training, socialization, normal training, etc. which requires time and patience.
Kind of puppy that is right for you.
After you have considered the first point and have decided to still get a puppy and handle this responsibility, the next step is to choose what kind of puppy is best suited for you and your household. For puppies, there are a large number of categories and breeds that you can choose from, all of them are super adorable but have different needs. You would have to compare their requirements to your suitability. For example, the size of your dogs, if you live in a small flat, a small dog would be more suitable in comparison to giant dogs. Other factors to consider are the amount of exercise that the puppy breed needs and how much the dog sheds.
Where to get your puppy from?
The next step in this whole process is to consider and determine the place where you would get your puppy. If it is possible, you can consider adopting a dog initially. During this process, keep in mind that adopting a mixed breed dog is completely safe and fun because many people seem to confuse them with unhealthy ones which are completely wrong. Alternatively, you could also go for a pure-bred dog as per your requirement which would be more predictable in terms of personality traits. No matter the place you get your puppy from it is important to avoid buying pets from pet stores as the puppies available there are most likely from puppy mills. Also, avoid backyard breeders or online classifieds for getting your new puppy.
Puppy proof your home
Before you bring your new friend to your home and it is important to puppy-proof or prepare your home. When a puppy is new and completely untrained, destructive behavior is very common so it is best to prepare your place.
Gather puppy supplies
Apart from getting a dog, the supplies are also important and you definitely would not want to waste much time in getting them after your puppy is home so it is important to get the supplies beforehand, essentials could include:
- Brush or a Combo
- Cute dog toys
- dog crate
- dog bed
- Puppy food
- pet balls
- adjustable collar with an ID tag
- small leash.
Look for the right veterinarian
Right after getting your new puppy, the first thing that you must do is to get your puppy checked by a veterinarian in order to make sure that there is no health complication related to your puppy.
It is important to find the right vet for you and in order to do that you could take some time and do your research which could include looking online or asking for recommendations from your friends and family.
You could also look for reviews online from past pet owners while making the decision of choosing the right veterinarian for your new puppy. You could even visit the clinic yourself to observe the facility and meet the staff in order to make your decision.