Preparing yourself and your home for the arrival of a new puppy is something that deserves careful consideration and forethought.
Whether you’re pondering over a pet Pomeranian or a little Labrador, it’s important to understand the commitment that accompanies puppy ownership and the changes it will bring to your lifestyle.
In this article, we’ll delve deeper into some of the things to consider before buying a puppy.
Your puppy will need to be toilet-trained and taught how to behave. This can be a demanding job that requires persistence and a great deal of patience.
If you take pride in your home organization, expect some disruption to your usual state of orderliness. A puppy will take joy in chewing your clothes, shoes and belongings and will likely scratch the furniture.
Enthusiastic and playful, your puppy may also bite or nip at your hands and limbs.
Without proper training, a puppy can also become overly excited and pester your guests. Teaching it obedience commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay” will be essential to disciplining your puppy and teaching it to behave in less unruly ways.
Expect your puppy to have some accidents on your rug or floor until it is properly toilet-trained.
This will require frequent cleaning and trips outdoors to allow it to do its business after eating and drinking.
A happy and healthy puppy will require at least two to three hours of your time each day to play, cuddle, train and feed.
Before becoming a puppy owner, make sure you have enough time to devote to your new pet and can take it to any veterinary appointments as well as short daily walks which will increase as they get older.
If left alone for too long, your puppy could develop behavioral problems as well as anxiety or depression.
It’s important to also give thought to where or with whom you will leave your puppy if you are on vacation or away on business.
Do you have a close friend or family member who has agreed to look after your puppy on these occasions or are there professional sitters or reputable daycare centers you can leave your dog at?
The amount of living space should be considered before introducing a puppy to a new home. Take into account the breed and energy levels of your new dog as some may be more energetic and playful than others.
A small apartment or studio will leave your puppy a little confined, which will mean exercising it outdoors more often.
Bear in mind that your puppy will only get bigger and stronger while your accommodation will remain the same size.
Do you have a backyard or green area nearby where your puppy can expend some energy, exercise and go to the toilet?
Giving some thought to these matters before purchasing a puppy will ensure your pet has the best environment to grow up in.
The three areas highlighted in this article will help you make the necessary preparations for bringing a new puppy into your life and your home.