Are you really ready to bring a furry little friend home? I mean, do you think you’re really, really ready? I know it all sounds wonderful in theory, but before you run out and take home the first puppy you fall in love with, there are some things you’ll need to carefully consider.
Do You Have Time? Puppies need very special, focused time, and lots of it. If you’re constantly rushing to get everything done, you may want to seriously consider whether bringing a new puppy into your home is a good idea. A puppy is a new creature in this world, and he will need your time and attention to learn how to properly live in it. Your puppy is going to need help learning how to potty train, how to be social, that is, how to behave properly around other pets and people, as well as lots of your attention for playtime. Do you have that kind of time to devote to a deserving puppy?
Is Your Family in Agreement? This new family member is going to affect everyone in the family. That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure everyone in the family agrees to accept this new family member into its fold. Being on the same page will ensure your puppy comes into a completely welcoming home and that you don’t create any unwanted issues and tension between family members that will affect the puppy, too.
Are You Ready For The Work? Puppies take a lot of work. Are you ready for that? Are you prepared to have mop and paper towels in hand constantly? Are you ready to get up in the middle of the night to tend to your puppy’s needs, to play even when you don’t feel like it, to make vet trips, and to make trips to the store to buy pet food? Are you ready to handle emergency situations with your puppy? Are you ready to spend the hours and hours it takes to physically care for your puppy; training, bathing, brushing, feeding, and so on?
Can You Afford a Puppy? Puppies cost an ever increasing amount of money. Even if you get your puppy absolutely free, your puppy is not going to be free for long. Maybe you’re buying a purebred pup or adopting from your local animal shelter. Either way, the expenses don’t end when you take the puppy home, they just begin there. You’ll need money for food, bowls, toys, treats, bedding, crates, leashes, collars, grooming, shots, neutering or spaying, licenses, training or obedience classes, routine medical bills, unexpected vet bills, pet insurance and more. Be prepared for this and honestly decide if you really can afford that furry friend.
Do You Have Support? We’ve mentioned that it’s hard work taking care of a puppy. Will you have any support to help you when you need a break? Think about this before you take a puppy home, and you’ll save yourself a ton of stress. Support can come in many different forms; the neighbor down the road who walks your dog once in a while, the family member who’s willing to dog-sit when you go out of town, the friend who can offer puppy potty training advice and help.
If you’ve honestly answered these questions, then you’ll be in a very good place to make a realistic decision about whether you can adopt a puppy or not.
If the answers show you’re not quite ready for a puppy and waiting until the time is right is the proper thing to do, you and your future furry companion will be much better off. If the answers show you are ready, congratulations! It’s an exciting time as you venture into a whole new world of pet parenting!