We've all been there. You walk by the window at the pet store and see the cutest pup that's probably ever been created. Your initial thought is “I just have to have him!” Unfortunately, a puppy’s level of adorableness should not be a factor whether or not to get a pup. If it was, the Furlocity offices would be overflowing with cuteness, and not just from the writing department.
A lot of people don’t realize how much work goes into owning a dog. Ask yourself a question first: Are you REALLY ready for a puppy?
Please take into consideration how much it really does cost to own a dog. A lot of times people think, “hey, I’ll get some food, a bed, a collar, a leash, and a few toys and I am good to go!, WRONG. Owning a puppy is so much more than picking out the cutest collar and buying a few fun toys.
Yes, you will need all of those things too, but you also need to think of the medical expenses. You will need to get your new pup up to date on all needed shot. Which shots your pup needs at the time of getting him or her will depend on their age. So, always schedule a vet appointment within a few days of getting your new furry friend to find out what is needed and make sure there are no underlying medical issues that need to be addressed.
Another thing people don’t think of when getting a puppy is training. It is always recommended that you sign your pup up for “puppy training classes”. These classes will help get your pup properly socialized and teach them basic commands to pave the way for more advanced training in the future.
When you get a puppy, you're getting a commitment that can last almost 20 years. It's nothing to take lightly. You have to be prepared to take on the large task of caring for someone other than yourself. It is important to remember that a dog is completely dependent on its owner. Provide your furbaby with lots of love, care and food and they will be forever loyal and grateful. As a dog owner, you are responsible for how your dog acts.
If you opt out of training and your dog runs wild and jumps on every person they see, it's not their responsibility to become better dogs, it's your responsibility to become a better dog owner. The better owner you are, the better your dog will be.
Another factor that is often not taking into serious consideration is time. When bringing home a new puppy, you need to be able to spend a lot of time with the pup. It usually takes a few weeks for a pup to get settled in and comfortable in their new home so it is important to be available to help them with their new home transition. Your new furry friend will also need a lot of exercise! So be prepared to play!
When bringing a new puppy into your home you have to be mentally prepared to extend the limit of your patience. Not only is it going to take time for your new friend to adjust, but everything from there on out will also take time. Learning where to go potty, learning that the sofa is actually not a chew toy, and just learning to be a dog in general! It all takes time. Your new pup is definitely going to test your patience, but just remember that they will grow up and they will learn...eventually!
Raising a dog from being just a puppy is very rewarding. There is a reason why they say that dogs make the perfect companion: They love unconditionally and forgive easily. It is a lot more work than many think, but when you power through it, you are left with an unbreakable bond.