So, your kid wants a puppy. What should you do? Well, even if you’re not ready for a pet, your child is, and you can’t say no. Having a dog ensures constant companionship, not to mention that it’s a great way to teach responsibility. The daily feeding, grooming, exercising, and affection that the pooch needs will teach your kid the importance of obligation and consistency. Getting a dog can turn out to be the best decision ever. Bringing a puppy into the home is a big decision, meaning that you shouldn’t take things lightly. Picking the right dog for your family is as difficult as finding love. To make animal adoption more efficient and successful, keep in mind the following considerations.
Don’t buy/adopt on impulse
Impulse buying is anytime you make an acquisition you weren’t planning to. Dogs aren’t toys, so you can’t return the pet if you’re not happy with your purchase. Don’t give into impulse buying. More exactly, take the time to figure out if you’re up for raising a dog. You don’t have the heart to tell your child no when they desperately beg for a puppy, yet there’s nothing more important than the welfare of the animal. If you or your kid don’t take good care of the four-legged creature, that’s being cruel. Take into account the responsibilities and determine if they’re too great.
Equally important is to think about the costs. Raising a puppy isn’t cheap. There are many expenses involved, including but not limited to food and treats, toys, beds, routine veterinary care, and pet sitting. If you’re considering the possibility of bringing a furry friend into the home, you should better make sure you can afford it. Look online for a pet budget worksheet and establish your actual pet ownership costs. If you’re okay with missing office happy hours and going home to walk the dog, then there’s no problem.
Decide what’s the best breed for you
The puppy should be a perfect fit for the environment, family, and lifestyle. The breed isn’t the only thing that matters, but you shouldn’t ignore this aspect when figuring out what puppy you should get. Gaining a good understanding of the pet’s ancestors allows you to see what makes them tick. If you want to make your kid happy, get a Mini Goldendoodle. The Mini Goldendoodle is the result of a Toy Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever. The pooch’s gentle temperament makes them a perfect addition to your home. Mini Goldendoodles don’t display aggressive behavior and they’re very easy to please. What’s more, these dogs are smart, loving, and playful.
Make up your mind about whether to adopt or buy from a breeder
Perhaps a friend suggested that you can provide a forever home to their dog. They can’t take care of the pet anymore and your friend doesn’t want to take them to the local dog shelter. Tempting as the proposition may be, you should refuse. It’s better to buy a dog from a breeder, especially if your kid has their heart set on a purebred puppy. Breeders raise puppies in loving environments where they can develop wonderful personalities. What is more, responsible breeders make efforts to raise healthy dogs, which means that you won’t have to make too many trips to the vet. Some of them keep in touch with the owners after the puppies leave the establishment.
If you want to do a good deed, don’t exclude adoption. Not only will you save a life but also you’ll get a loving puppy in return. All animals deserve a loving home, but not all of them are lucky enough to find responsible owners. Shelters accommodate various types of animals, so you can’t complain that you’re not spoiled for choice. Maybe you’ll encourage your friends and family to adopt too. If you have enough space in your home, you should definitely consider adoption. Go to the closest shelter and browse the adorable pups. You won’t regret it.
Most importantly, take your time to make a decision. Rescuing an animal is the most humane thing to do, but that doesn’t mean that you should feel guilty if you want a purebred puppy. Getting a dog from a breeder offers peace of mind because you don’t have to worry about behavioral issues. More often than not, shelter dogs suffer from separation anxiety, which is due to a lack of stability or structure. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that when you buy a dog from a breeder, you can always reach out for questions. It’s not that shelters don’t want to lend a helping hand, it’s just that they don’t have too much time on their hands. The point is that you need to carefully consider your decision.
Evaluate your living environment
Needless to say, you can’t bring a big dog into a small home. A Greyhound, for instance, isn’t a suitable choice for a one-bedroom apartment because they need lots and lots of space. If your home is too small, you should better get a Yorkshire. Au contraire, if you live in a rural area and have plenty of room to spare, you can get a big dog. They’re able to exercise and, most importantly, enjoy a happy life. you don’t need to take the pooch outside for a walk because they can go into the yard. Keep in mind that a small living space is a disaster for a big dog.
Finally, yet importantly, prepare the home for the arrival of the puppy. You’re not the only one who will be taking care of the pet, so make sure your child knows their responsibilities. Prepare them ahead of time for the big transition. Find a veterinarian and talk about annual check-ups, vaccines, and so on. Raising a healthy puppy is essential. Don’t forget to puppy-proof your home. Make sure the electrical cords are out of reach, store the cleaning supplies in high cabinets, and put away all medicines. Puppies are extremely curious and there’s no way of knowing what they can do.