You might be daydreaming about puppies and owning your own, but are you ready for the frustration and late-night bathroom trips? As with any relationship (whether with friends, a romantic partner, or family), it takes work. And your cute new dog is no different. At My Next Pup, we are always advocating for families to find their perfect pup, but it might be that you are not ready for a puppy yet. So, answer these five questions before you bring your friend home.
1. How Much Free Time Do I Have?
A puppy cannot be left alone for a long time, so it’s best to consider what lifestyle you live before you purchase a dog.
Do you have a 9 to 5 and are always working overtime?
If you are a workaholic and rarely do anything else, you must consider if a pet is right for you. Most puppies require at least two hours of human interaction and if you are trying to potty train your puppy, you will need to be available every hour.
Training and socialization are also part of the process and these can take months before your pup is well-behaved.
So, if after work, you feel more inclined to crawl in bed than go for a walk, skip purchasing a puppy, and maybe go for a goldfish.
Do you travel for work every week?
If your work lifestyle is based on travel to city from city, it can put a damper on owning a pet.
Puppies need to eat and go outside everyday, so it is not something you can leave for a convenient time.
If you value travel and/or vacations, owning a pet will only halt your goals. Unless you have someone that will babysit your pet every time you are out, it’s best to leave puppies for more stationary people.
2. How Much Money are You Willing to Spend?
When adopting a great dog, you must factor in the initial cost plus any additional expenditures.
For example, if you adopt a puppy for $1,000, there will be an added cost after the purchase. Some of these additional costs may include:
- Veterinary Bills
- Additional Supplies
All these factors can range in price depending on the size of your dog and their health. It is why we stress adopting a pup from a trusted breeder. All our dogs have a health-guarantee, so you can be sure your dog purchased from MyNextPup will be healthy.
So, keep in mind that puppies can be pricey, but of course, we spoil our fur children, so it’s probably our own fault we spend so much on them.
3. What Hobbies are you Into?
Are you someone that enjoys spending time at home and prefers watching Netflix than leaving the house? Depending on your favorite hobbies, a dog may or may not fit your lifestyle.
All dogs have various energy levels, so you need to pick one based on your own lifestyle. A Goldendoodle may be itching to run a few miles while a Pug may only need a short walk around the neighborhood.
Despite the difference in energy levels, all dogs need some form of exercise of at least 30 minutes a day. If you are not willing to put in some work to make sure your dog’s exercise is consistent, it will be a disaster.
Exercise is important for a dog’s mental stimulation, and it helps to take away some of their energy, so they have better behavior in your house. You don’t have to be an avid hiker or mountain biker, but it helps to have an active lifestyle if you are looking for an active puppy friend.
4. What’s Your Vibe?
All dogs have their own personalities but some breeds are harder to handle than others.
If you are not willing to set boundaries and learn the proper way to train your dog, you may not align with being a dog owner.
Dogs do not need an overly dominant military sergeant, but they look for guidance from you. If you are unwilling to lead your dog towards their safety and well-being, it could result in unfortunate consequences.
For example, if your dog does not know that they are not allowed to chew a rubber shoe, the pieces of the shoe could lodge in their throat and require a visit to an emergency veterinary hospital.
With puppies, accidents like these can happen, but as they grow older, it should not be a recurring occurrence.
Of course, when training your dog, always look for positive, reward-based training methods. The alpha-based training structure some trainers may still employ is outdated and unscientific. So, if you are not ready to be a leader for your pup like a parent with their child, it is best to get a pet that does not require training every day.
5. Are You Ready for the Unexpected?
Sometimes, even the best-trained dogs can act on. Dogs are animals and not robots, so they sometimes do not listen to every command.
Dogs will be dogs, so they sometimes get distracted by outdoor sights and smells and will spend hours inspecting plain-looking grass.
All dog owners know that sometimes you need to let a dog be a dog. Even if that means rolling in the mud and running into the house, leaving you with extra housework.
Make that x10 with puppies!
Puppies are silly and messy, so it takes added patience to deal with your new pal. But, if you are really excited about dogs, you roll with the punches and try not to lose patience.
If you are still unsure if you can handle a pup, ask friends and family that have dogs to borrow their pup for the day to see if you can imagine yourself living a life with a long-term companion.
Keep These Questions in Mind
So, ask yourself these five questions before venturing into puppy purchasing territory. If you are satisfied with the answers, then you are ready to head to MyNextPup and select your new best friend. Happy puppy days for you and your future pet!