Puppies – Not Just a Cute Furball


This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

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7 Things To Know Before Getting A Puppy

Getting a puppy is a big move. It involves a lot of time, commitment and love on the part of the owner. Here are some things to consider before you get a puppy.

Type of Dog

There are many breeds of dogs. Different breeds are good for different purposes. For example,the toy breeds are great for those who need small dogs. Working dogs are great for guarding homes, serving in the military, serving police and guarding livestock. You should look into the
temperaments of various dog breeds to see which ones are perfect for your purposes.

Peeing and Pooping

Pee and poop are the two things that you should consider before you get a puppy. Puppies frequently have accidents because they are not yet house trained. For many months and/or weeks, expect to frequently clean up accidents left by your puppy. Dog poop and pee must be cleaned up as soon as possible, so your carpet and flooring doesn’t get permanently stained. However, there are great cleaning products out there to assist you in cleaning up after your pup.

Time Commitment

When you get a puppy, you have to invest a lot of time into socializing and training the puppy. You have to be around your puppy three or four times a day to feed him/her. After you feed your puppy, you must walk your puppy outside so that he/she can “go to the bathroom.” You must be present to do this—you cannot be anywhere else. You must also spend time with your puppy so that he/she gets socialized to humans and bonds with you.

Supplies And Budget?

Before buying a puppy, you should consider the expenses of taking care of a puppy. For example, a puppy has to eat. You have to constantly buy food for a puppy. You have to buy cleaning supplies to clean up whatever messes the puppy leaves around the house. Other things, such as dog toys, a dog crate, collars, leashes and pet bowls are needed.

Veterinary Expenses And Budget

It is without a doubt that you will eventually need to pay vet bills. It is very important to get your puppy vaccinated as soon as possible. Along the way, you puppy might get ailments and injuries that require medical intervention. Think about what extent you are able and/or willing to go to pay for medical treatments.

Destroyed Items

It is a harsh fact that dogs sometimes destroy personal belongings. You have to face this reality before you even get a puppy. Puppies, in particular, are very energetic and easily become bored. They are not fully socialized. As a result, having a puppy might result in destroyed possessions. If you have items in your home that might get destroyed by the existence of a puppy, make sure to store them in a puppy-proof manner.

The Balance At Home

When you get a puppy, you are bringing a creature into your home that will take up space,destroy things, empty its bowels and bladder everywhere, take up your time and interact with others in your household. Think about how introducing a puppy into your home will affect the balance of your home life. Will you have to give anything up for the sake of owning a puppy? For example, will you have to give your hobby in order to be able to afford a puppy? Will you have to drastically alter your schedule to fit the schedule of the puppy? If so, does that bother you?

These are things that you must consider before getting a puppy. If you are willing to put in the time, love, commitment, patience and monetary support to take care of a puppy, then you
should go right ahead. If not, then you should think twice about getting a puppy.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.