People buy puppies without really knowing what they’re getting into. And yes I know that sounds horrible but ultimately we can get fooled by their cute little faces. We also tend to buy puppies without really thinking about the future. Who knew that cute Mr Sprinkle would turn into a demi-wolf? That is why it is important for you, your partner and or children to consider the following points before purchasing a puppy.
Yes I know puppies can be irresistible, but let’s face it, there are so many hours in the day. Between work, friends, family and me time, there can be very little time for your puppy. This can leave you feeling guilty and your puppy feeling neglected. Dogs and puppies are like literal children, they require attention and need to be fed. In fact, puppies need to be fed three to four times a day and need to be take outside so they can do their business in the great outdoors (inner city Sydney) and can be house trained. A puppy may also wake you throughout that solid 3 hour sleep you get after a “9 to 5” shift. Your puppy can’t be left alone for very long. Your puppy, like a 2 year old is untrained and needs to be socialised and you’ll have to spend at least a couple of months with it. But don’t worry there are dog schools for that, after reading this blog have a sniff throughout our website. We offer schooling where we can teach your precious puppy to socialise.
So you’ve caved in and bought your kids a dog, turn out the constant nagging works after all (not on my parents but hey, can’t choose your family can ya?) It is important to ask yourself what kind of puppy you would like. I suggest making a list of all the qualities and traits you’d like to see in your pet. Always project to the future, as all dogs are adorable and small now. Things like the size, sex, shed and level of physical activity needed are great places to start. I know I hate it as much as you do but keep in mind that the price for food and medication for larger dogs are more expensive.
Now it’s time to buy your puppy (how exciting!). I am definitely not the moral beacon of this article, however I would suggest adopting a dog. I know the RSPCA has collaborated with PetBarn and they actually have a look up on their website where you put in your preferred location and it shows you what dogs they have up for adoption. Adopting a dog is also a cheaper option. Mixed breed dogs are also gorgeous. If you still have your heart set on a purebred (excuse me) look for an experienced dog breeder, try to avoid puppies from flea market (they may have fleas – ok I’ll stop), backyard breeders and pet stores (and they put the puppies in the window to emotionally manipulate you).
Ok so you’ve bought your furry friend (oh God) It is important to make sure you puppify your house. Destructive behaviour is very common and dangerous for a puppy and expensive for you. Some common precautions to take include:
Ultimately, the best way to keep your puppy safe is to supervise them all the time. As stated in above, if you have to leave them, put them in a crate.
Like sands through the hourglass, so does the money pit begin. Before bringing your new puppy home it’s best to purchase some products (kind like what you do for a newborn). I would suggest starting with these:
As your puppy grows, you’ll need other items, such as grooming supplies and preventive products. Your vet can help you decide which items best fit your dog’s needs.
It’s important to take your puppy to a vet within a couple of days of getting home. This appointment should be a general examination to make sure everything is A Ok. Also, it should also be to get some vaccines (in case you bought a dog that hasn’t been vaccinated). I suggest you find a vet before you bring your new puppy home. It is important that when choosing a vet you take into consideration, prices they charge, location and reputation. I suggest talking to family members and friends who have dogs (and if you’re Greek like me, family members without dogs will still give you their opinion). You can also look at online reviews. The first trip to the vet with your puppy be sure to bring all the paperwork provided by the breeder or adoption group. Your vet will do the examination and discuss the puppy vaccination schedule with you. Puppies need several core vaccinations, beginning at six weeks of age. Some vaccines require a booster within a year of the last dose in the initial vaccination.
All puppies need love and affection so its important to:
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