So, you’re thinking about adopting a puppy. Congratulations! Puppies are adorable, loving, and full of Energy.
But before you adopt one, you should consider a few things to ensure you’re ready for a puppy. Here are seven things to keep in mind:
Are you Prepared to Handle a lot of Energy?
Puppies are full of Energy and need plenty of exercise. So, if you’re not prepared to take your pup on regular walks, runs, or to the dog park, you might want to wait until they’re a bit older.
Are You Prepared to Potty Train the Puppy?
Puppies need to be potty trained, so you’ll need to be consistent and patient with your training methods. Otherwise, it would be best if you waited until your pup is a bit older and already has some essential potty training.
Do You Have Enough Time For the Puppy?
Like most pets, puppies need a lot of time, attention, and care. You’ll need to clip the puppy’s nails, feed and exercise them, and take them for routine vet checkups.
Before adopting a puppy, consider whether you have enough time for these activities. If not, let someone else take care of the puppy.
Are You Patient Enough to Handle a Puppy?
Puppies can tax your patience. Not only are they very playful, but some breeds can also become aggressive when they meet other dogs. This might happen when you are walking the puppy. You’ll have to calm them down by stroking them or repeating commands such as ‘sit.’
Needless to say, if you are impatient, you’ll find this very taxing. Further, you’ll have to teach your puppy other commands, such as to drop things from the mouth, lie down, fetch things, etc.
Do You Have Enough Money for Expenses?
Maintaining a puppy is an expensive affair. Not only will you have to feed them a healthy balanced diet, but you’ll also need to take them for regular vet checks for vaccination, parasite treatment, deworming, etc.
If your budget can’t support such, you probably aren’t ready to adopt a puppy.
Is Your Home Ideal for a Puppy?
You’ll have to prepare your home to receive the puppy.
First, you’ll need a place where the puppy will be sleeping. Second, you’ll need to have quality food for the puppy beforehand. Third, you’ll need a dog collar and a leash. Finally, you’ll need to buy treats to keep the pup from biting your couch and furniture.
Are You Allergic to Dog Fur?
Adopting a puppy might pose a health risk if you or your family member are allergic to dog fur. However, you can figure out ways to cope with the allergy, such as by taking allergy shots.
Signs of allergies include sneezing, difficulty in breathing, or itchiness.
If you want to adopt a puppy, ensure you are ready to give your pet enough care and attention. If you don’t have enough resources to take care of the puppy effectively, let someone else take care of them.
Finally, you must ensure you adopt your puppy from a reputable source.