You see a sign that says a home close to you has puppies for sale. How exciting!
You may have been thinking of getting a puppy for a while or have wanted to find a new furry friend to keep you company.
Wait a second. First, you must ask yourself if a puppy is really right for you? Are you sure you’re ready for that type of responsibility?
When you are interested in buying a puppy, you have to make sure it is a healthy choice for you and the little pup. Here are 8 questions to ask when you are thinking of getting a puppy.
1. Think of the Commitment
Buying a new pet, no matter what type is always some type of commitment. A puppy, however, is a large commitment because of the energy and time required to make them comfortable in a new home.
The biggest thing to remember is that this puppy will rely on you for the rest of his or her life. If you aren’t ready for that yet, that’s perfectly fine! Know yourself and what you are prepared to handle.
2. Buying a Puppy at the Right Time
Is now the best time for you to get a new puppy? Are you home often enough to be a good caregiver to a pet? Do you have the resources financially to care for your puppy?
These are important questions that need to be considered before anything else. There are things to ask when buying a puppy that will help you figure out if you are going to be able to care for the puppy as needed.
Do you have the right temperament? Are you able to adjust your own lifestyle to meet the needs of your new dependent? What are the real reasons you are interested in getting a puppy and are they justifiable?
3. Know Your Breeds and Personalities
Not all dogs are the same and puppies will have a variety of personalities. If you want to get a certain breed of puppy, you need to do your research to learn about common personality traits and other aspects that may help you be a good owner.
So many times when a pet ends up at a shelter or somewhere else, it is because the owner did not know what they were getting into. Getting a high energy dog when you are a low energy person is not a good fit. Getting a puppy that grows into a large dog when you wanted to have a lap dog forever is not going to work.
Doing your research to know more about how your puppy will be as an adult is very important because you want to be the best caregiver you can for your pet. If you don’t, why do you want a pet in the first place?
4. A Pet-Friendly Home
Having a small home may not be the best thing for a puppy that will grow into a large dog. Having a home with no toys, comfortable spots to relax, or proper places to go outside is probably not a good living space for a pup.
Make sure that you have the means to make your pet comfortable in your home, regardless of the type of home you have. A large dog can be happy in an apartment, for example, but only if the pet owner knows what they need to do to make their pet comfortable.
5. Training a New Puppy
When you get a puppy without any training, it can be so hard to start the process. If you don’t have the time to commit to training, you will have a hard time getting a puppy that is well-behaved and knows what they need to do.
You need to know what to ask when buying a puppy. If you are buying from a licensed breeder, you need to know what type of training they have received (if any) and what the puppy already knows.
Younger puppies will not have had any training, but if the puppy is a few months old, it is likely that they at least know something and it would help you to learn this about your new pet.
6. Adjusting Your Lifestyle
The lifestyle you have may not fit the needs of a new puppy. If you are gone all the time, who will the puppy socialize with or spend time around to learn the things they need to know?
If you are really lazy and your puppy is high energy, what can be done to solve this problem? You may need to make some lifestyle changes on your own to meet the needs of your puppy. Although this can seem like a difficult task, choosing to adopt or buy a puppy means you are agreeing to care for this pet to the best of your ability.
7. Buying the Best Supplies
There are a lot of things that a dog needs when they are older, but a puppy needs even more supplies! You have to get dog bowls, a leash and collar, food, toys, training tools, and much more.
The basics are fine, but many like to give their pets all that they can so the pet can thrive. Make sure that you can not only afford the basics but that you are able to adequately provide food and other things as needed.
You may also want to remember that the cost of the veterinarian and other services your pet may need, such as grooming, can add up. Do you have the financial means to care for your puppy?
8. Identification and Tags
Many are now choosing to get a microchip implanted into their furry friends just in case they are ever lost. At the very least, having an ID tag with your name and phone number on it is crucial.
This is part of taking care of a pet. Sometimes, your pet may get out and may run off. You need to make sure there is some way for you to get your puppy back if this does happen.
Although this type of thing does cost extra money and needs to be updated, it is your duty as a pet owner to make it happen.
Ready to Find Your Furry Friend?
As you can see, buying a puppy is more complicated than just going to get a new pet. You have to think about a lot of factors.
Most dogs live for many years and if you aren’t ready to care for something that will rely on you for everything, you are not ready for a puppy.
If you are interested in learning more about getting a new puppy, feel free to contact us to see how we can help.