Looking for a puppy
Looking for a puppy is a BIG DECISION. The addition of a dog to any family is a long term commitment. Emotional attachments happen very quickly, so you want to make the right choice from the start.
Please consider these major issues before taking on a puppy:
- Compromises in your lifestyle – you may have to curtail some of your social activities.
- Expense – even small dogs aren’t cheap and you may have to spend money around the house and garden before you get the puppy to make it dog friendly and escape proof. As well as being able to cover the initial purchase price and accessories, you also need to budget for the cost of keeping him, including feeding, treats and insurance, plus regular health care (vaccinations, worming, vet bills, etc.).
- Owner qualities should include the need to be flexible, adaptable and prepared for a certain amount of disruption to daily routines. Also common sense, the ability to keep your temper and educate yourself (do reading and research before the pup comes home to be better prepared).
- Time – you need to commit time not just to exercise the puppy but to train, groom, play and interact with the pup both day and evening. If you are out all day you need to consider arrangements for the puppy to be checked on, let out and played with periodically while you are away.
- Environment – your home needs to be suitable in size and location for the type of breed you are interested in. It helps if you have somewhere within easy reach where your puppy can enjoy some play and running.
- Family – everyone in the family should be keen on acquiring the puppy or it may be a source of conflict and resentment. The breed should be suitable for all members of the family to interact with.
- Timing – while coping with other emotional and/or physical upheavals (house move, marriage, baby or large family celebrations – Christmas), it may be better to wait until you can offer a more settled environment and routine.