Puppies are undeniably adorable and dog lovers' eyes light up whenever they see one, but there is much more to owning to a puppy than enjoying its heart-warming cuteness and silly antics.
With puppy ownership comes a lot of responsibility. Be honest with yourself and consider the amount of time that you can devote to a puppy (or any dog for that matter) before you make a decision to get one that is solely based on emotion,
Do you have the time, the desire, the patience, and the lifestyle to raise a puppy that will one day become a well-balanced adult dog? If you are not sure, please consider the following before you rush out and bring home that cute bundle of furry joy.
- Puppies need a lot of attention, especially while they are being house broken. Until your pup is able to sleep through the night, you will be getting up OFTEN to take outside for toilet training. Indoor pee pads are not a solution and will only prolong, or even be counter productive to house breaking your pet.
- Training – yes, training, but I don't mean the kind where you are taking your puppy to obedience school – that comes a bit later. However, you can do a lot to get your very young pup off on the right paw, so to speak. Knowing which games to play and NOT to play with your puppy will help shape your young dog into a well-adjusted pet.
- Chewing can be an issue, but you can save your home, your furnishings, and even your hands, by knowing which types of toys to avoid. Did you know that a dog's mouth is like our hands? The mouth-feel of something is almost always the deciding factor on the question of To Chew, or Not to Chew. For example, if you give your dog a soft toy to play with and chew, not only will you run the risk of having your pet harm itself by ingesting the material, stuffing, etc., but you are also inadvertently teaching your pet to chew similar objects in your home. It simply cannot differentiate between the soft toy you gave it and your towels, soft slippers, pillows, etc.
- Obedience Training – this will be needed once your pup is old enough to go to school. Group classes are always recommended to help them get socialized to being in a group environment as well learning IMPULSE CONTROL!
We recommend starting formal school with puppies when they are 14 weeks of age, but we also offer a Puppy 101 Consult to help you avoid common mistakes and many other training strategies for your pup that you can start implementing immediately.