Sunday, April 17, 2011

Your and Your Puppy's Needs

Before buying a puppy, you should first ask yourself why you want a dog. Be honest with yourself and determine whether or not your reasons are temporary and/or selfish. It is not fair to bring a new puppy into your home if you are not committed for long term. Next, consider the lifestyle you lead. Do you truly have the time to take care of and spend quality time with your new dog? Do you work long hours? Would the puppy be crated for this whole time? Do you have a dog walker hired to give puppy breaks from the crate? Next, consider your finances; do you have the means to support a dog's needs? Puppies have many needs, including food, water, shelter, veterinary care, basic supplies (such as a collar, a leash, feeding bowls, bedding, a crate, and toys), grooming and exercise. 
You should also be ready to train and socialize your new puppy so that it can grow into a well-behaved, trusted companion. If you plan on moving soon or are traveling every other month, it is not the best time to get a new puppy. New puppies need time to adjust to their new home, and a change in habitat would not be a beneficial move. Overall, make sure you understand and are prepared for what the responsibilities of lifelong dog ownership truly entail

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