Things to consider before bringing a new puppy home

 

CAN YOU COMMIT? 

Will you have time for your pet? Will you exercise your pet every day?  If the answer is no and you should not cosider adopting a puppy.

WILL YOUR PET FIT INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE? 

Chosing a pet based on how cute it is is probably one of the worst decisions people make.  Too often these pets are dropped off at animal shelters when they show they are not compatible with your lifestyle.  Get to know the breed you are intersted in and be prepared to change your mind if the dog does not best suit your lifestyle.  Do your research on breeds when chosing a puppy.  Don’t just make a quick, rash, decision.  Having a puppy is a long term committment.


CAN YOU AFFORD A PET?

A pet can be a lot of fun and offer so many positives, however, that comes at a price.  If you cannot afford the upkeep of vet bills, food, toys, grooming and other necessities please don’t move forward in adopting.


BE PREPARED FOR AN ADJUSTMENT PERIOD

Just like human babies, dogs may cry during the night in their first few days in their new home.  The best thing you can do before bringing the puppy home is to set upa quiet, enclosed space  with a comfortable bed or a kennel that can be closed, keeping your puppy safe from wandering.  During the day, let your puppy have free, supervised privileges to roam around the house and to smell everything.

TRAIN YOUR PET

Leash him up and take him outside to start getting to know his yard or neighborhood.  Use short commands and repetition such as “go potty” A very short walk on the first outing is all your dog will need.

CONSIDER SPAYING AND NEUTERING

Neutering can be done as early as 8 weeks of age.  Generally, the neutering procedure is performed around 4-6 months.  Spaying or neutering is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s health.  It decreases aggression but does not make a dog any less protective of his or her human family.  Your female dog will be less prone to cancer of the mammaries and ovaries.  Talk to your veterinarian about these options.


HAVE PROPER ID FOR YOUR DOG

Ensure that your dog is outfitted with ID so that if he or she should ever get loose, you will have them returned safely to you.  Have your contact information on your pet’s collar.  Microchiops are the best assurance for identification and need to be used in combination with a collar for the best chance of finding a lost pet.

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