So you are thinking of buying a puppy? Getting a puppy is an exciting decision, but it’s important to consider various factors before bringing a furry friend into your life. Here are some key things to think about when considering getting a puppy:
- Time commitment: Puppies require a significant amount of time and attention. They need regular feeding, exercise, training, and socialisation. Consider if you have enough time to dedicate to a puppy’s needs, including housebreaking and behavioural training.
- Lifestyle and activity level: Evaluate your lifestyle and activity level to determine the type of dog that would be a good fit. Some breeds require more exercise and mental stimulation than others. Consider if you have the energy and time to meet the needs of a particular breed.
- Space and living arrangements: Consider the size of your living space. Puppies need enough room to move around and play. Additionally, if you rent your home, check your landlord’s pet policies or any breed restrictions that may be in place.
- Financial responsibility: When you are thinking of buying a puppy people often do not consider the financial obligations that come with it. Consider the costs of vaccinations, spaying/neutering, regular veterinary check-ups, food, grooming, toys, training, and potential unexpected medical expenses.
- Long-term commitment: Dogs have relatively long lifespans, and bringing a puppy into your home is a commitment that can last 10 to 15 years or more. Consider if you are ready for this long-term commitment and if your lifestyle can accommodate a dog in the years to come.
- Allergies and family considerations: Determine if anyone in your household has allergies or sensitivities to dogs. Additionally, if you have children or other pets, think about how a puppy may fit into your family dynamic and if everyone is prepared for the responsibilities and interactions involved.
- Training and socialisation: Puppies require proper training and socialisation to become well-behaved and sociable dogs. Consider if you have the knowledge, patience, and willingness to invest time and effort into training and socialising your puppy.
- Breed characteristics: Different dog breeds have unique characteristics, including energy levels, temperament, grooming needs, and health issues. Research various breeds to find one that aligns with your preferences, lifestyle, and compatibility.
- Potential lifestyle changes: Consider any potential major lifestyle changes you may undergo in the near future, such as a job change, relocation, or starting a family. Evaluate if getting a puppy fits well with your anticipated lifestyle changes.
By carefully considering these factors, you can make an informed decision about whether getting a puppy is the right choice for you and your circumstances. It’s important to remember that puppies require time, effort, and commitment, but they can bring immense joy and companionship to your life if you are prepared to meet their needs.
If you are thinking about buying a puppy and would like guidance why not sign up to our First 7 Days program: https://petsgreatandsmall.as.me/First7days
The first 7 days consists of 2 visits from our resident Puppy training expert and also an Information pack full of advice. You can also reach out to us at any time within the First 7 days of having puppy with you to have all of your questions answered. You can read more here – https://petsgreatandsmall.co.uk/planning-to-bring-your-puppy-home/
This is what some of our clients thought about the program:
“We are first-time dog owners and wanted to make sure we were giving our pup the best start to life with us. The First 7 Days service was perfect for helping us to achieve this.
Claire met with us prior to us collecting our pup and briefed us on everything we needed to know; she was highly knowledgable and adapted her advice to fit in with our lifestyle and wishes.
It was a huge relief to have Claire on the end of the phone for those first few days and she kindly reassured us on a number of concerns we had.
Thanks to Claire we quickly settled into a routine with our pup and now, two months on, have a very happy, healthy and well-behaved boy who is bringing us so much joy – thanks a million Claire, we couldn’t have done it without you!’ BETH, ADAM AND RONNIE