Should You Adopt a New Puppy? What You Need to Know

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You’ve fallen in love with a puppy and you want to take him home. He’s cute and cuddly and you’re sure he’s the perfect puppy for you and your family. Adopting a new puppy is a big commitment in terms of time, energy, and money and you want to be able to provide the best for your new dog. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you adopt a new puppy:

Do you have the time and energy to devote to a puppy?

A new puppy can take up a great deal of time. You’ll need to spend time with him on a daily basis to form a strong bond between the two of you. This is in addition to the daily feedings, training, and exercise sessions. You’ll also deal with housebreaking issues for the first few months. Once your puppy grows into a dog, your responsibilities won’t end there. Dogs need regular play time, exercise time, and daily feedings. If you work a full time job, be sure you have family members who are willing to help with these tasks and that you have time to devote to a puppy when you come home. If you want to adopt a new puppy, your daily schedule will probably need to be modified.

Do you have the finances to give your puppy the care he’ll need?

If you adopt a new puppy, expect to encounter expenses. Your new puppy will need regular veterinarian checks, vaccines, and money set aside for any unseen emergencies. You’ll also encounter expenses for a dog house, leash, collar, feeding bowls, food, and toys among other necessities. These expenses can quickly add up. Before adopting a new puppy, write down all of the potential expenses owning a puppy could saddle you with then see if you have the income to support a new dog.

How will your other pets react to a new puppy?

If you have other pets, you need to be sure the new family member will fit in. Introducing a new puppy can alter the equilibrium of your pack and may require adjustments in order for your pets to coexist peacefully. Be prepared to take the time to help your puppy adjust to living with other dogs.

How will other family members react to a new puppy?

If you want to adopt a puppy and you don’t live alone, it’s important that your family be amenable to working with a new dog. Sit down and discuss your desire to adopt a new puppy with them and get their input and support before taking the big step. This can save you a lot of future problems.

Does anyone in your household have pet allergies?

There’s nothing sadder than bringing a new puppy home and finding out someone in your household has a serious dog allergy. Make sure you verify this if you want to adopt a new puppy.

A new puppy can bring you lots of joy but also requires a lot of dedication and commitment. If you want to adopt a new dog, be sure to do your homework first to make sure you can give your new puppy the home he deserves.