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Things to Consider Before Getting a Puppy for the First Time

You find that puppies are huge commitment especially if you have never owned a dog before. This is because they require constant care, love and attention. Thus why it is essential that you know what you are getting into before you buy a new puppy. Today, we are going to look at things to consider before you buy a new puppy.

The first thing that you should know is that getting a puppy is a serious commitment. You find that puppies are always adorable, cute and tiny making people see this as a no-brainer task. You should be aware that becoming a new dog owner is like having a baby because they require constant love and care. Some of the things that you will have to do is to walk them 2-3 times a day, train them to obey commands, house train them as well as playing with them. This will also mean that you will have to plan and prepare thoroughly the work commitments and trips because dogs are also emotional and they don’t like to be left alone for long.

Secondly, dog ownership is not cheap. For one you will use a lot of money in buying a new puppy. Besides, you will also spend dollars on insurance, vet bills, kennel costs, dog food, dog bed, and bowl among other items. Not only that but we also have emergency expenses which you must also know.

Before you purchase a puppy, you should know that not all of them are the same. It is essential to note that each puppy has its own personality and physical attributes that you should consider. Therefore, the right puppy for you should be the one that matches your current circumstances and desires. Here you will have to consider things like the size of the dog, if your space will accommodate that dog when it is fully grown dog, the typical characteristics of your breed of interest, are they heavy eaters and many others.

Besides, you should also be aware that your home will suffer. Some of the things that you will experience are chewed sideboards, broken cushions, hairy sofas, scratched floorboards and stains in all wrong places. In this case, you will have to dog-proof your house from the outset by hiding valuable and electric cables, keeping food and anything edible from their reach, lock your trashcan as well as keeping anything that you don’t want to be damaged away from them.

Last but not least, you will need a vet. You find that you will need a vet to inject your puppy to make it healthy and to insert an identifying chip in your dog and many more.

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