Before you open your heart and your home to a beautiful new pet, it is crucial that you ask yourself some deep and searching questions. After all, a puppy isn’t just an animal that will bring love and joy into your life, but also a living being that will need training and caring for over the long term. To that end, ask yourself the questions below before you make the momentous decision to get a puppy!
Question 1: Can you afford it?
Puppies are not cheap! The need beds, leads, toys, water bowls, vaccinations, check-ups, and all sort of other things that you have to pay for.
Then there is their food and health care which will be regular expenses too. Therefore if you are struggling with money, it is definitely not the time to welcome a pup into your home.
Question 2: Do you have enough space?
Puppies and dogs need space as well as an environment that is supportive of their wellbeing. To that end checking you have enough room, and that others that share your household will be able to respect your dog’s space before you bring them home is essential.
Question 3: Are you prepared to housetrain a puppy?
Puppies are super cute until they poop all over you expensive fitted carpet that it. Of course, they can’t help it because most puppies aren’t house trained by the time they come to you.
This means that the job of housebreaking your puppy will be your responsibility, and if you aren’t prepared to go through this then getting a pup is a terrible idea. Although, happily there are some neat products on the market now that can make this process easier and more hygienic.
Your other option, of course, is to consider getting a fully grown and housebroken dog instead. Something that can make a lot of sense if house training is a concerning issue for you.
Question 4: Can you walk it every day?
Puppies need plenty of walking and socialization, and this will continue throughout their life. Therefore if you are at work all day, and out of the home a lot of the time it may not be the best idea to bring a pup into your life right now. Unless you are lucky enough to have a job where you can take them along that is.
Question 5: Will you invest in its long term health and well being?
Lastly, before you make the decision to bring a pup into your home, you need to establish whether you are willing to invest the time, effort, and money into their long term health and wellbeing.
What this means is sending them to a kennel when you are on vacation, taking them to puppy behavior lessons, and even investing in the best quality food, as well as treatment when they are sick.
In fact, it is only if you can answer yes to these questions, along with the ones above are you truly ready to welcome a puppy into your life and home!