Everyone loves a puppy. When you see a puppy isn’t the temptation to bring it home a strong one? This especially true for kids because they just see the here and now; they don’t think about what is going to come later. However, there are adults who fall into this category too; they see the dog and “fall in love” and that’s it. They are taking a new puppy home.
Just say “NO” to that little voice that tugs at your heart to bring that puppy home, or at least say “WAIT.”
Getting a puppy should be as carefully considered as adding a member to your family. Without careful consideration, you are going to find several unwelcome surprises, like these:
1. New Puppy Training – training a puppy doesn’t have to be hard, some it depends on the breed. However, it is work. It takes time and patience. Accidents will happen so be prepared.
2. New Puppy Care – puppies like kids spend some time at the doctors. There are vaccinations, physicals and tests. Plus there are also going to be preventative items like a heart worm preventative and flea and tick treatments.
3. Food – they have to eat too. Table food is not the best option and good-quality food can be costly, especially depending on how big that puppy will get.
4. Freedom – Puppies and dogs can suck up a lot of freedom. Depending on your dog you are probably giving up sleeping in on weekends. Plus there is the family getaway, are you planning on bring your furry friend? If not, special arrangements will need to be made, and these might cost you a few dollars.
5. Exercise – it’s just not enough to let your dog run around in the yard. Is the yard fenced in? If not, yard running is probably not an option. It’s not only physically important to take your dog for a walk, but it is important to their mental health as well.
6. Sickness – like people, dogs get ill too. Some people hardly ever have to take their dog to the veterinarian’s office but others are not so fortunate. Visits, tests and medicines all cost money, and it can get expensive.
Puppies are wonderful. A new puppy in your home can be a fantastic addition. It is documented how a dog can improve health and contribute to longer life. That said, bringing a new puppy into your home, and family is a serious decision that requires planning, thought and consideration.